A sculpture of a Catfish made from trash taken from Walnut Creek

Carolina Madtom Sculpture at Walnut Creek Wetland Center

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In collaboration with the Walnut Creek Wetland Park and the City’s Stormwater Management Division, artists Jaclyn Bowie, Nyssa Collins, and Anna Wagner along with Conservation Corps North Carolina volunteers collected various trash items from Walnut Creek to create sculptural installations at Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

While working they discovered a small catfish in an old tire and decided to make their sculpture in the likeness of the catfish, a Carolina Madtom.

This project was originally part of Mud Day, a community festival held to celebrate wetlands and the importance of connecting children and children-at-heart to nature. Although Mud Day was canceled, the project was continued.

This project is a Temporary Public Art Project.


Estimated installation in July 2020.

Artist Information

Artists Jaclyn Bowie, Anna Wagner, and Nyssa Collins in front of their sculpture of a catfish made from trash collected from Walnut Creek


Conservation Corps North Carolina

In order to meet local communities' needs through conservation service, Conservation Corps North Carolina hires young people to expand, maintain, or even restore access to conserved lands so that more North Carolina families can connect with the outdoors.

Learn more about the Conservation Corps North Carolina




Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

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