Tarrant County Education Foundation (TCEF) presents the Giant Water Bottle Sculpture Project with nationally acclaimed conservation artist Willie Cole who’s unique “Artcycling’ approach turns trash into art. Students from all over Fort Worth will collect 20,000 16 oz. water bottles to construct a 25 ft Giant Man Sculpture.

TCEF invited artist Cole to share his compelling concept of “Artcycling” with FWISD. Students from different schools and cultures work as one community to collect 20,000 water bottles to create a 30-ft. sculpture of a giant man. This STEM-focused “Artcycling” project lessens the impact of plastics on our environment, empowers creativity, inspires higher learning, and explores scholarship opportunities. 

The project will be completed in 4 Phases:

  • Phase 1 –   Collect 20,000 16 oz. water bottles with caps. This will require coordination among students, parents, teachers, and the community. Water bottles are delivered to Arts Fort Worth at 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107 on Mondays and Wednesdays 10 AM – 2 PM. 
  • Phase 2 – Students, artists, teachers, and partners engage students in Artcycling activities, water bottle preparation, and counting and labeling 20000 usable bottles.
  • Phase 3 – Artcycling and STEM-focused exploration of conservation at school and during the construction of the giant sculpture by students, Willie Cole, artists, and art teachers. 
  • Phase 4 – The Giant Water Bottle Sculpture (GWBS) premieres at W. E. Scott Theatre on March 1, 2024. The Giant Water Bottle Sculpture Project (GWBSP) Gallery Art Exhibit opens on March 1, 2024, through March 31, 2024. The GWBS will be on exhibit on the lawn of AFW on March 2, 2024. This will present an excellent opportunity for the entire city of Fort Worth to celebrate the students’ collective accomplishments. Our event will be marked with food, music, and activities.  

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