03 | Rainbow Trout

Sculpture  |  Craig Hinshaw |  Davison, MI

About This Installation

First, Rainbow Trout is intended to be beautiful along Art Path. Sun streaming through pieces of colorful translucent plastic, arranged in the spectrum of the rainbow; the Grand River in the background.

On a deeper level, Rainbow Trout is intended to create an awareness of the amount of plastic we use. Much of the plastic becomes litter, infiltrating the environment, the wildlife, and yes us.

  • Only 9% of plastic is recycled
  • 40% of all landfills are filled with plastic packaging
  • Every piece of plastic ever made is still on the earth.

The urge to create Rainbow Trout came from walking on a beach in Mexico. I walked to look at large piles of sponges that had washed up on the beach; just to discover there was as much plastic waste in the pile as sponges.

The idea for creating Rainbow Trout came from a New York Times article on Jerusalem artist Beverly Barkat. Barkat is creating a 13-foot-tall globe created from plastic trash which will be cast in clear resin. The globe will be installed in the new World Trade Center overlooking ground zero.

Artist Bio

Craig Hinshaw received a BS in Art Education and an MFA in Ceramics from the esteemed Cranbrook Academy of Art. His ceramic work has been exhibited state wide and he has authored a number of publications on arts education. Craig is a passionate educator and he has taught at the elementary and collegiate level.

Find On The Trail - Site 03

Old Town Boardwalk

This long stretch of the boardwalk is in the heart of the historic Old Town Neighborhood.

This location is made possible in part by generous contributions from:
Sam & Judy Eyde

ArtPath is generously supported by our title sponsors The Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Patronicity