Turning trash to art treasure!


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  The Forest of Dreams mural at 10th and Fanning streets in Wilmington has some new neighbors.  Art!

Just across the street from Dreams of Wilmington, the non-profit that helps build confidence and youth development through art, you’ll find the word “inspire” on a fence.  The art is made of trash.  Students from schools in the Cape Fear worked with students at UNCW to turn trash into art with a message.
There are even bird houses on the fence that were once old soda bottles.

Old bottles turned into bird houses
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The next block over you’ll find a sign that says “Peace on earth”.
And just around the corner you’ll find sea turtles made of old two liter bottles.

They are just a few examples of the beautification project and community outreach mission happening in the area of 10th and Fanning streets.

UNCW Watson College of Education students worked with a about 1000 school children in the area to decorate the Northside fences near the mural.   
The organizer, Janna Siegel Robertson, is a former WWAY Extraordinary Person of the Week.

If you’d like to help volunteer or donate to the Forest of Dreams, click here.