Rio Vista Bollard.

The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery program was created under the ECD and Schools Partnership Program and allows students and local artists to create artwork from recycled materials, which diverts waste from landfills and teaches conservation practices.  The S.C.R.A.P Gallery receives donations of discarded materials from participating local businesses and the City’s youth create sculptures and artworks that are displayed throughout the city.  The S.C.R.A.P. Gallery has diverted over 75,000 tons of waste from local landfills.

Under the Smart Glass and Beautification Project, using an extremely small portion of AB 939 funds, the ECD partnered with the students at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery to solve an economic and environmental problem.  A motorist had driven their car into a local median, permanently damaging the Rio Vista Community Welcoming Sign and the surrounding landscaped area.  With insufficient funds to replace both the sign, shrubs and plants, the ECD purchased recycled paints and decorative blue tiles and stones.  Students at the S.C.R.A.P. Gallery created a decorative orb, complete with blue tiles that spelled out the words, RIO VISTA, that replaced the old sign.  Secured on a bed of stones, the orb is a sustainable way to use recycled goods in order to save water and save the money that was previously needed to maintain the area.

A few other art projects include: kid-designed trash receptacles encouraging recycling and environmentally-friendly practices, Dinah Shore Bridge Revitalization using tiles and paint donated by local businesses and Bike Sculptures from old discarded bikes.

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