The Nightingale TRASHformation team came together last month to unveil the Nighthawk they created from campus waste with local group Ruckus Roots. At the time of our last update, the team had begun building the body for the bird, and was starting to test out different materials for its head and beak. After some trial and error, Robin from Ruckus Roots made a frame for the head using wood, and students decided to coat this with cut up boxes for the neck, soda can bottle bottoms for the head and eyes, and chip bags for the beak. Once the grand sculpture was complete, the team brought it down to its permanent home, a covered eating area on campus where many of the materials used for it were gathered. It was then fenced in with recycling bins to remind students to recycle what they can, especially during lunch, when most waste is produced.
The unveiling took place during lunch with a celebratory ceremony, which included a Q&A session for the student body about materials used in the making of the hawk, as well as general facts about waste reduction. The hawk now stands tall and proud as a symbol for reducing, reusing, and recycling in and out of school. Great job to all of the Nighthawks and Ruckus Roots members who created this structure to express their passion for sustainability!