The World on a Turtle’s Back

The LandfillArt Collections features over 1000 artworks created from recycled hubcaps. The round shape of the hubcap lends itself readily to themes that encompass the eye, the sun, the wheel of fortune, etc, and the wealth of ideas and interpretations range from pleas for recycling, documentation of myths, personal interests, environmental issues, and many other ideas.  However an interesting correlation with the turtle shell prompted several artists to create artworks the reflect on the myths and themes of the turtle.

Here are four artists that used the turtle as their subject for their hubcaps

Turtle Song   by Linda Windell


Ecology and the environment are inherent to American Indian culture. As an Indian artist I am so pleased to be part of this unique endeavor send a message of reclamation to the world.”

From Greensboro, Georgia, Linda is a self-taught Native American artist of Creek/Cherokee decent. Her work has garnered two national awards, four Native American Corps, and was selected for the cover of the Wisconsin Paint Horse Journal. Linda has loyal collectors throughout North and South America, Canada, Europe and Asia.  You can find more examples of her work on her website at :


Once Upon A Turtles Back…  by Jeb Prazak


I love a challenge and taking some ‘thing’ that was essentially nothing and turning it into something meaningful was just that.”

Working now in Dodgeville, Wsconsin, Jeb holds a BA from Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi and a BFA from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. She is founder of Metropolitan Art, renovating a garage into a gallery. She currently works and teaches out of her studio and gallery, Jeb Art.  Her website is at:


Turtle by Mark Needham

NeedhamMark-500To raise awareness of the long-lasting impact of landfills it seemed appropriate to utilize the imagery of longevity embodied in the turtle… What goes to a landfill stays there for a very long time-sometimes passively sometimes menacingly. Smarter manufacturing and consuming is vital to our long term economic and physical survival…“

Louisville, Kentucky.   Mark received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from The School of Architecture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is experienced in a wide variety of media, and his work has been shown extensively in the United States and is collected publicly and privately. Mark has been published in several publications and has received over forty awards for design excellence in regional, national, and international competitions. He is also past President and Secretary of the Louisville Graphic Design Association.  His website is at:


Spirit Turtle by Libby Maynard

Maynard-Libby-500x500I have long thought that the next big resource extraction boom would be in landfills and have consciously worked to keep stuff out of landfills since the 1970’s, so being part of a project to create art using materials rescued from landfills was an exciting prospect. I found that during the creation process, I started looking around with newly focused eyes at consumption and what I could do to help promote recycling and minimize consumption. The Eureaka (CA) Art & Culture Commission is now in the process of selecting artists to place art on the City’s recycling bins to encourage public awareness. For my art piece, I chose the turtle spirit to inhabit the hubcap as symbolic of earth and grounding. It is only loosely tied to the hubcap so as not to be permanently tied to human waste.”

Eureka, California.  Libby is the Executive Director of the Ink People Center for the Arts and co-founder of the organization. As well as a professional artist, she has over 35 years of nonprofit administration experience, and is a consultant in nonprofit management and program development.  She received her BA, K-2 Teaching Credential, and MA in art from Humbolt State University, Arcata, California. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout California, and is in collections across the nation.  The Ink People’s DreamMaker program has fostered over 200 community-initiated projects in the past 34 years and currently manages over 75 project     Her website is at:


A Dangerous Game

Today, you cannot help but be moved and affected by the shocking tragedies that have been appearing daily in the news.  The earthquake and environmental catastrophes, along with the continuing human tragedies coming from the Middle East and Africa have reached staggering proportions.

As we have been selecting some of the recycled hubcap artworks from the Landfillart Collection for the upcoming series of exhibitions, certain ones have been especially thought-provoking.

The artists that have contributed to this collection come from every one of the 50 states in the US and  nearly 50 countries.

This extraordinary artwork created by Aida Vosoughi from Iran is especially perceptive and profound

You Were Born & Stuck In The Middle Of A Dangerous Game…Yes! It’s Just A Game! But We Are Sorry To Inform You…You Are The Only Real Object There!!

“I am always dealing VosoughiAida-500with environmental issues and worry about the future of our polluted planet; because we have just one Earth and it is the trust of future generations.

I have a sense of duty to do something for it and the Landfillart Project is a gate to respect it. I am also dealing with events that these days happened in my hometown and as an artist think to the ways I can reflect it to the international audiences and again Landfillart is a true way.  Aida Vosoughi

Aida was born in 1982 in Tehran, Iran. She received a Diploma in fine art in 2001, and a BA in painting in 2005.  She participated in 11 group exhibitions from 1997-2008 in galleries in Tehran, and is a Member of SIP  (The Society of Iranian Painters) cooperating in theater (custom & scene designer).      She has also done research on contemporary art since 2007.

Another one of Aida’s beautiful artworks, The Game! can be seen at:

“I am interested in comparing my personal ideas with social examples to find similarity and/or differences. Since our individual mentality and manner in life is a sample of the big society we live in, huge paradoxes in our minds represent huge paradoxes in real world.  So I am trying to create individual icons to express them as much as I can,also the materials and visual elements that I am using depend on my subject of interest and with them I try to achieve the best way possible to explain my vision and thoughts.”

Her hubcap artwork will be included in the upcoming international exhibition of about 150 of the artworks from the LandfillArt Collection that will tour in Europe and Asia during 2016 – 2018