Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Turning Trash into Treasures on Rum Cay

Rum Cay is a secluded island getaway located in the 
Southeastern Bahamas

This little piece of Paradise offers miles of beautiful white sandy, deserted beaches, green hills and turquoise waters.

As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and for artist and sculptor Bobby Little, recycling discarded materials into art has literally become a larger than life mission.

Burning Marlin
Photo Credit: Bahamas Weekly

For nearly a quarter of a century, Little has built a cottage industry around dead coral, trashed conch shells, abandoned oil drums and discarded metal that have either been washed onto the beaches by the Antilles Current or dumped at the local landfill on tiny Rum Cay.

From soaring “Burning Marlin and Wahoo” metal sculptures, recycled for the popular Bonfire Tournament Series created by Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts in Bimini and West End Grand Bahama to two-inch pink tinted turtles shaped from conch shells, Little’s work defines the eco-challenges of conservation and public education and awareness.

Little’s 20’ Burning Wahoo sculpture will again light up the skies at Old Bahama Bay in West End Grand Bahama for the Bonfire Beach Bash & Tournament scheduled for June 25-28. 
Photo Credit: Bahamas Weekly

In 1990, Little and his family started excavating land to build a marina, and after many years of digging, found various species of coral - a solid inland reef, which had taken thousands of years to build and was now long dead.

Little cut portions from the coral reef and began to refine and sculpt pieces of Island Art work—customized candle holders, tiles and counter tops and other spirited pieces for the garden, home or institution.

Continue reading full article at Bahamas Weekly

Happy Travel,

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