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: