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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --2/8/19-- Leland Couch, Little Rock Parks Design Manager, sets up a sculpture Friday before a press conference to announce the Found Objects sculpture contest. Couch made the sculpture from items found in city parks. The City of Little Rock’s Sustainability Office is calling on artist to make sculptures from litter found in city parks and waterways in preparation for the 10th annual Little Rock Sustainability Summit. The art pieces will be displayed as centerpieces at the summit. - Photo by Staton Breidenthal

The city through its Sustainability Commission is accepting entries for a "Found Objects Art Contest" through March 15.

Individuals and organizations are invited to create sculptures from found litter. Submitted sculptures will be displayed at judged at the annual Sustainability Summit on March 28, where they'll serve as table centerpieces.

Sculptures must be delivered to Faith Mullins in the Public Works Department at 701 W. Markham St. Mullins can be reached at (501) 371-4586 or

Submissions should include the name of the individual or group who created the sculpture, the places where the items were collected and contact information including a phone number, email address and home address. Sculptures will not be returned to artists.

Materials could include Styrofoam cups, plastic bottles, deflated balloons, straws, candy wrappers, chip bags, metal cans, wire and other litter found in city parks or waterways. Sculptures are to be no taller than 20 inches with a base no larger than 20 square inches. They may be augmented with no more than three items from a household recycling cart and held together with glue, wire, screws, nails and other adhesives, but natural materials such as sticks, leaves and rocks are not allowed.

Sculptures must be clean and sanitary.

A panel will select the winner. Entrants do not need to be present at the meeting to win. The winner receives a cash prize and two tickets to the Fourche Float fundraiser on March 30. The float trip is sponsored by Friends of Fourche Creek and Keep Little Rock Beautiful.

Metro on 02/10/2019


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  • Justthefaqsmaam
    February 10, 2019 at 12:13 p.m.

    A good fun way to get people to pick up trash. In 2017, I did an art project for the county fair and then also entered it in the Arkansas State fair. It was titled ‘Object Found’ and displayed items found on my morning walks. It was a lot of fun to create filled with over 50 items with everything from a pacifier to a cell phone to a note from a distraught child. The kids love to look at all the objects and ask questions about where I found this and where I found that.