Adopt-a-River Trash Sculptures

A creature from the 2012 sculpture, For 21 years, the Adopt-a-River program drew attention to the trash found in and around public waters and recognized the efforts of volunteers through a Found Objects (aka "trash") sculpture displayed at the Minnesota State Fair.

In 2015 these sculptures were discontinued. Seven of these former sculptures, however, continue to be displayed in permanent locations around the Twin Cities metro region. To find these seven sculptures, click here. All the sculptures can be seen below.


Homegrown by Andrew Vomhof, 2013

Red Alert by Al Wadzinsky, 2002

Scuttled by Andrew Vomhof, 2012

The Industrious, Cooperative Ant by Rabi Sanfo, 2008

Dragon Fly by Paul Byer, 2006

Union: A Deer and Two Herons by Raina Belleau, 2011

Nature's Engineer—The Beaver by Chip Addington and Caylon Hackwith, 2010

Lepus Ex Apparatus by Tristan Kyrsta, 2014

Urgie the Sturgeon by Demian Jackman, 2009

Morph the Transforming Frog by Mary Johnson, 2007

River Turtle by Paul Byer, 2005

Koi Carp by Steve Bateman, 2004

Watch Swan by Steve Bateman, 2003

Flood Dwelling by Timothy Hasenstein and Allison Hoogervorst, 2001

The Ancient Mariner by Lou Ferreri, 2000

2600 Scarecrows by Lou Ferreri, 1999

The Diviners by Lou Ferreri, 1998

The Toxic Avenger by Al Wadzinski, 1997

Fish by John Ballinger, 1996

Arching Roots of the River Bank by Jason P. Moore, 1995

See What the Fish Have to Put Up With? by Saul Simon, 1994


Learn more

Learn more about what goes into a trash sculpture and where all that rubbish comes from in this MP3 audio interviewThis link leads to an podcast. with Paul Nordell, coordinator of the Adopt-a-River and the Found Objects Sculpture programs.