By Wayne Allen
Earlier this year students at Portsmouth West Elementary School created a 15 foot dinosaur out of non-recyclable trash. The behemoth is called Trashasaurus Rex.
“The students get really excited about it and I think it is very important to cross over and teach them the importance of recycling,” Kim Platzer of West Elementary School said. “I don’t think they realize how much stuff we throw away and how many things we can recycle. Sometimes, trash is beautiful.”
The Trashasaurus Rex project has been done by Platzer once before. She said it was such a success, she decided to give it another go. The first project was completed in 2002 and was picked up by the Scioto and Lawrence County Solid Waste District. The dinosaur traveled to many fairs, including the Ohio State Fair, and was also a guest in many parades.
The project will be displayed the entire month of April in the Boneyfiddle Arts Center (BAC), as a part of their Earth Day celebration.
When news of the creation spread, it traveled to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They expressed interest in having the creation displayed at their offices in Columbus.
With the help of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Management District Trashasaurus Rex was recently delivered to Ohio EPA headquarters.
“The Trashasaurus Rex we all think is super, super cool he’s just really big. This is proving to be somewhat of a challenge,” said Heather Lauer with the Ohio EPA.
Lauer said the challenge came when they tried to store Trashasaurus Rex in their building.
“We had originally hoped to have him on display here, but he just will not fit in the lobby. We have a space that’s within our building, but it’s not in our agency,” Lauer said. “The space is calle the Urban Art Space, that gets a lot more traffic. Not only do our employees see it but people from Ohio State see it and people from all over downtown.”
Since being displayed in the Urban Art Space it caught the eye of James Goodnow, Director of the Franklin County Public Facilities Management. He told them he would like Trashasaurus Rex displayed in their facility where it will remain on display for a time.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT