Iris Tennessee Cheatham

Nashville, Tennessee and other cities like New Orleans, Cincinnati and Chicago have created awareness projects through art created on various sculptures that resulted in creating a huge public awareness of specific issues of concern.

Kansas City Cows

New Orleans Red Fish

Iris Tennessee Cheatham A year-long school project to help bring awareness of the consequences litter has on our community, environment and financial resources. Sycamore high school technical education class, directed by teacher, John Staggs, will create the sculpture bases of the Tennessee Iris. One will be provided to each elementary and middle school as well as each high school. The mission is for all the students, parents and teachers to get involved in decorating their school’s Iris sculpture only using found litter within the community. The sky is the limit as to what they can create. The mission is to gather “ugly and costly” litter using it to create beautiful Tennessee Iris sculptures. The sculpture bases will be completed by December and delivered to each participating school in the county to decorate and create their masterpiece. These decorated pieces of art will be completed by March 31st and delivered to our “new” Museum of Litter at the Cheatham County Courthouse lawn for an outside exhibition on Earth Day in April. The Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce will be helping to gather business involvement to participate in a public auction where each sculpture will be purchased and the money raised will be donated to each school for their entry. Both the builder of the sculpture and the school who decorated the sculpture will share equally in the proceeds. Not only is it a school year-long litter awareness project, it is also a fundraising effort to enhance the art departments at all the schools, or however each school chooses to allocate their funds.

The Cumberland River Project was created in 1997.... The Catfish Out of Water was created in Tennessee to raise awareness - through public art - about the value of the Cumberland River to our quality of life, and the land management tools such as greenways which can protect and enhance this natural resource.

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