Mr. Trash Wheel Gets Some Eyes

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What lovely eyes you have, Mr. Trash Wheel.
What lovely eyes you have, Mr. Trash Wheel.

Mr. Trash Wheel started as the Twitter persona of the harbor’s much-loved trash-collecting invention. He’s getting closer to becoming a full-on personality.

For next week’s Light City festival, the wheel was outfitted with a set of googly eyes. The Key Tech-designed eyes are being called “semipermanent,” so they could go away once the festival is over. But for now, Baltimoreans get to feel like the pollution cleaner is looking back at you.

The process that got us here proves that it doesn’t take a miracle for the blind to see. Staff from the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor initiative put a pair of eyes on the wheel over Halloween as a test-run. When they disappeared, an online petition surfaced calling for more permanent eyes, and garnered more than 1,500 signatures.

This time, the wheel’s solar panels provide night vision, as well. If we want to keep the big wheel turning, let’s just hope he doesn’t ask for sunglasses.



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