To Commemorate Earth Day, New Sculpture to be Unveiled in Elk Grove

April 19, 2016 |

As a part of the 47th annual Earth Day, a new piece of public art will be unveiled this Friday in Elk Grove.

The piece, a metal sculpture created by noted artist Gina Rossi that uses recycled material called Carl the Cart, will be formally presented at the City of Elk Grove's Special Waste Collection Center. 

The sculpture was commissioned by the City of Elk Grove’s Integrated Waste Division in partnership with the Elk Grove Committee for the Arts. Carl is the City’s Integrated Waste mascot and appears in several City marketing materials urging residents to reduce, re-use, and recycle. 

Rossi created the piece using recycled metal. Students from Foulks Ranch Elementary school assisted with development of the piece as part of their environmental education curriculum led by teacher Jim Bentley.

Rossi’s other work includes a series of artistic bike racks placed throughout the City of Sacramento and community sculptures found at the Sacramento Zoo, Salvation Army, and locations throughout greater Sacramento.

A brief unveiling ceremony starting at 4 p.m. will include comments from the artist and Foulks Ranch students, Mayor Gary Davis, and Nan Mahon, Chair of the Elk Grove Committee for the Arts. Light refreshments and music by the Jay DeWald Quartet will round out the Earth Day celebration.

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