By Submitted Story on July 7, 2016
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: