Trash transformed into art

This Saturday, Powerhouse Park will be the setting for “Flower Power: Trash To Art,” an exhibit by the students of Del Mar Hills Academy.

The painted wooden flowers — emblazoned with bottle caps, mayonnaise-jar lids, corks and other pieces of everyday trash — will be on display on the lawn at Powerhouse from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The outdoor art installation will mimic a meadow sprinkled with the spring flowers.

The project was inspired by 2009’s “Fish for Thought,” an award-winning environmental art project in which more than 400 Hills students collected trash and worked with recycled trash artist “Rodrigo” (a.k.a. Rodney McCoubrey) to create beautiful artwork that highlighted the problem of trash on our beaches.

With help from the Del Mar Lifeguards, the fish were mounted on sticks and planted every 10 feet, lining the 1-mile length of Del Mar Beach. On May 30, 2009, the project culminated with an exhibition as well as a community beach cleanup.

This year’s exhibit aims to make another poignant visual message about environmentalism in the greater Del Mar community.