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In the final days leading up to completion my son (9 years old) Pasha helped me get the final lids in place and ready for hot glueing. We completed the piece last night.Pasha (9 years old) at work on the "Put A Lid On It" project

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Read all about the status of the project and read how we have approached Harpers Ferry’s town council regarding their participation in the project by being our pilot town.  Also read about two inspirational young girls from Maryland who are helping the project in a big way.october-2008-tma-articlelids

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We are very happy to have the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority (MCSWA)supporting the project and helping the environment.  The following is a letter to the editor that the MCSWA’s Director wrote.  Thanks Bill and thanks to the Morgan County Citizens for their support!

Here is a letter to the editor that recently ran in a West Virginia Newspaper.

 

     An artist in Martinsburg, David Heatwole, better known for his art publication, The Main ARTery, is encouraging citizens, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations of the Quad-State region of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania to participate in an ambitious art project.  To create a mural out of recycled plastic bottle lids.  Lids!  Can you imagine a mosaic made out of hundreds of thousands of colored dots?  Can you image a lot more including a wire-connected robot form, a 3-D style picture or a flower from the various color lids?  I can.

     Artists like creative challenges and I encourage making such an artistic piece.  Perhaps the Ice House could present similar displays.

     Lids should be from any drinking container.  Please rinse them to control bacteria.  [CORRECTION – LIDS CAN BE FROM ANY PLASTIC CONTAINER, BUT PREFER NOT TO KEEP THE FLOPPY-TYPE LIKE ON BUTTER BOWLS.]

     If you’d like to contribute lids, bring them to the recycling sites in a Food Lion style bag.  I will pass them on to David Heatwole.

     David would also like this “Put a Lid on It” as a national project challenging Americans to create collaborative-type art projects [out of plastic bottle lids]. 

     Call me and let’s see what can be developed!  (304) 258-9379.

 

Bill Pechumer

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The project began with a proposal to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority under the recommendation of Director Clint Hogbin.  The evening presentation to the board members was a success with unanimous agreement for support.  The agreement was to issue the following proclamation which once again non of the local press picked up or reported on – as far as I know.  The only “press” that printed the proclamation in all of its glory was The Main ARTery in their special “earthday” or “DUMP” Issue – Volumn 3 Issue 2.

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Their recycling center in Martinsburg takes plastic bottles but people are supposed to remove the plastic bottle lids and throw them away UNLESS THEY CAN THINK OF SOMETHING ELSE TO DO WITH THEM.  This is pretty much the standard at recycling centers across the country.  I asked the board if they would agree to have the lids removed and saved for the Put A Lid On It project.  They agreed and now a few months into this project a 6th of my garage is filled with boxes and bags full of grungy lids just waiting for volunteers to help clean the lids and sort by color and size.

Build it and they will come.

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