Business owner teaching kids to turn beach litter into 3D art


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Wrightsville Beach business owner is teaching kids about the harm in leaving trash on the beach by letting them turn it into art.

The kids were geared up with buckets as they walked down to the Beach. They filled those buckets with trash, but business owner Jazz Undy said the buckets of bottle caps, straws and plastic were not going to the trash.

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“We actually make a landfill of art,” Undy said. “So we call it an ‘artfill’ rather than things going to a landfill.”

Undy created this art camp to show kids how to turn litter into 3-dimensional art.

“We call it dimensionalism,” Undy said.

He said it kids love it.

“Kids really identify with this art,” Undy said. “I think it’s so different that they’re constantly pulling their parents in.”

That allows him to pull them into a cause that is much bigger.

“They’re going to have to get involved in this mantle of cleaning up our beaches,” Undy said. “We made a mess of this planet, and the only way it’s going to get fixed is if we start working on it now.”

Right now, they are turning Wrightsville Beach’s trash into a work of art.

“You can make a landscape scene and then, you incorporate this item that really typically doesn’t belong in there and it actually works and it gets rid of something that would get thrown away from local bars and taverns here,” Undy said.

“I like it,” Eve said. “I think it’s a really good idea that we pick up trash, which also helps the environment.”

Undy said this trash also makes for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

“They’re actually taking something home that is of this island,” Undy said. “And it’s different than going and buying something that was made in China that says Wrightsville Beach on it.”

It is a unique souvenir that undy said is saving the planet one painting at a time.

The camp is every wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Undy said it takes about two and a half hours.

After making the art, he said they go to lunch to support other local businesses.