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Do ya like money? You could win two grand by creating the best artwork out of hurricane Ike debris for the Fresh Arts Coalition. Do ya like more money? You could win $10,000 by helping the city of Houston figure out what to do with 5.6 million cubic yards of debris. How d’ya like them apples!


Fresh Arts sez:

Fresh Arts members have noted the unlimited amount of wood, metal, bricks and what some would call trash currently available on our streets in Ike´s wake, yet a surprising lack of creative use of these materials. Where are the Texas totem poles? What about an oversize wood chair? A currugated metal suit of armour?
Go scour the streets, yards and ditches before this amazing city completes restoration to pre-Ike status and start drilling, whittling, painting and welding your masterpiece [professional, novice and never-before artists are all welcome and encouraged!]. Email pictures of your ´fresh art´ to info@fresharts.org with the subject line: MADE FROM IKE by Monday, October 20 for your chance to win $2000. Entries to the silent auction must be submitted on Friday, October 24 between 5-6pm at Caroline Collective .


the Chron sez:

The city of Houston will sponsor a nationwide contest in hopes of
recycling all of the 5.6 million cubic yards of tree waste cleaned up
from households and front yards in the month since Hurricane Ike
devastated the region.

The contest will pay $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 for the top three
ideas for how to best use the heaps of debris, which city officials
have said would be enough to fill up the Astrodome nearly four times
over. Proposals are due by the end of the month.


Daniel Cohan, an assistant professor of Environmental Engineering at
Rice University, lauded the effort, saying it "certainly sounds to be
in the spirit of where sustainable engineering is trying to take

Some of the debris has already been turned into "Living Earth
Houston Mulch," which will sell in giant blue plastic bags at area
stores for about $1.50 per cubic yard.




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