WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — In northeastern Pennsylvania, there's a strange world populated by an oil-soaked mermaid, a dog chomping on a Frisbee, a pasta machine, and a guy named Barack Obama.
It's a bit disorienting. Maybe that's the point, considering these works of art began life as...automobile hubcaps?
It turns out the humble hubcap makes an excellent canvas.
Gallery owner Ken Marquis (mahr-KEE') has persuaded artists from every state and 52 countries to transform discarded metal and plastic wheel coverings into objects of wonder. He's filled two rooms and a hallway with more than 800 works to date.
Beyond the wow factor is an environmental message. Marquis says the goal of the Landfillart Project is to get people thinking about the amount of trash they generate.
He's planning to take the art on tour.