Young artists get creative to help keep beaches clean

By on July 7, 2016

First Flight High School students, from left, Taylor Brooks, Taina Santana, and Lauren Law. (Town of Nags Head)

Twenty-one First Flight High School art students are using unusual canvases this summer to promote clean beaches in the  Nags Head.

Nine new galvanized steel trash cans festooned with the students’ creative artwork are being placed at several public beach accesses along 11 miles of oceanfront.

Vibrantly-colored designs draw beach with the expectation that trash will more likely find its way into the containers if they are eye-catching.

A community arts collaboration between the Town of Nags Head and First Flight High School, the OBCan project is in its sixth year.

The project was the brainchild of Barry Lee, a 2009 First Flight alumnus and now a Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, who became frustrated with finding trash on the beach, despite the availability of cans. Lee proposed a project to the town that would bring attention to trash cans by painting them.

Professional and student artists have participated in the program since its inception. This year, First Flight High School art teacher Alice Baldwin spearheaded the effort with her Art I students.

First Flight High School students involved in the 2016 OBCan Project were:

Taylor Brooks
Ceilidh McLean
Lorna Cameron
Carolin Murray
Morgan Crank
Alex Nicholas
Julissa DeLaCruz
Cassidy O’Neil
Taylor Farmer
Daniel Olszewski
Jia Fitzgerald
Taina Santana
Skylar Gravitt
Logan Saunders
Jonah Hix
Trinity Steyn
Suki Holian
Charlotte Tyson
Cassidy Joyce
Cort Varela
Lauren Law

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