092417 OCFAC recycled art

Displayed are some of the recycled "flowers" that Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center Executive Director Vicki King has already created for the "A Community Blooming in Love" community art project.

CHRISTOPHER HUFF, T&D

Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center Executive Director Vicki King hopes to see community recycled art pieces “blooming” soon around the city.

“A Community Blooming in Love” is an art project that takes recycled objects like hubcaps, tin roofing, rebar and other materials and turns them into “flowers.”

“I’ve always done recycling projects,” King said. “I did that with my kids, my students, at (Calhoun Academy), and we left them all over the school, all recyclable projects that the kids did.”

King and several other artists are creating the first pieces, which will be shown at the upcoming Taste of Orangeburg on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Members of the community will then be invited to paint their own hubcaps to create “flowers.”

“I decided to do something as a community project,” King said. “We’re going to have hubcaps of all shapes and sizes.”

The hubcaps will already be painted with primer, she said.

“And anybody and everybody that will be at Taste of Orangeburg will be able to come over to our booth and paint on hubcaps,” King said.

She said she hopes that sponsors will help with the initial cost and that local businesses, schools, churches, individuals and other organizations will sponsor the finished pieces for $50 each. Then, the pieces will be displayed around the city -- by merchants, at homes, in parks and other places.

“We are going to use it as a fundraiser for the Arts Center,” King said.

The money raised will be used for the Arts Center’s upcoming renovations. The center needs to raise the final $5,000 of matching funds for a Connected Communities grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, King said.

Sunshine Recycling donated the hubcaps and other materials for the first “flowers,” she said. Sunshine owners Joe and Lena Rich, who are Arts Center members, responded to a recent Facebook post by King looking for hubcaps to use.

“I collected small hubcap pieces, large hubcaps, rebar. Also, the leaves are made out of tin roofing,” she said.

In keeping with the “A Community Blooming in Love” theme, “Each one of the hubcaps has a heart on it somewhere,” King said.

“Hopefully, we will see ‘flowers’ blooming all over town,” she said.

Contact the writer: chuff@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5543.

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