Using bottle caps, pens, fishing line, condoms, hypodermic needles and other forms of junk found in Tampa Bay area waterways, a group of Tampa teenagers has created a mural that is on display starting today at the Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus art gallery, at 2112 N 15th St.
Young people from Community Stepping Stones, a nonprofit after-school program in Sulphur Springs, created the 12-by 8-foot mosaic mural, called One Waterway One Tampa Bay, from debris they found during cleanup excursions to Caladesi Island, Picnic Island and other areas, said Kathleen McCabe, program director.
From a distance, the viewer sees a water scene, with crabs, sea grass, starfish, a manatee and a dolphin.
The teens have been learning about estuary science for the past few months.
They were shocked to find that Americans use an average of 1,500 water bottles every second. They have strung thousands of water bottles around the gallery entrance so that visitors can get the sensation of swimming through plastic, as wildlife must do.
A reception is set from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the gallery. A closing day reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. For information, call (813) 253-7674.
Philip Morgan, Times staff writer