Project Details About the Artwork Timeline Artist Information
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 more than 800 pounds of trash from Walnut Creek in Raleigh and Ellerbee Creek in Durham and other areas around the Triangle to create sculptural installations at Walnut Creek Wetland Park.
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 and the sculptures can be seen on Peterson Street at Walnut Creek Wetland Park.
The sculpture was removed on January 30, 2021. All materials were properly disposed of with the help of a private hauler.
This project is a Temporary Public Art Project.
About the Artwork
While collecting trash in the creeks, the artists discovered a small catfish in an old tire and decided to make one sculpture in the likeness of the catfish, a Carolina Madtom, a rare North Carolinian catfish species that has declined over the years because of water pollution. The sculpture brings attention to the impact we have on the animals that rely on the creek to survive.
Additionally, the artists worked with volunteers to create a sign from collected trash to hang on a fence at the wetland park. The piece features animals also negatively affected by the pollution of our wetlands.
- Installed in July 2020
- Sculpture removed January 30, 2021. All materials were properly disposed of with the help of a private hauler.
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.