Mr. Trash Wheel Stars in a Water Ballet

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Even before this weekend, Mr. Trash Wheel has led a charmed life. He has a strong social media presence. He’s a selfie magnet. He gets plenty to eat after every rain storm.


Now Baltimore’s Inner Harbor trash collector will receive even more attention when a local art group called Fluid Movement features him in its latest performance.

“Friends, I am so excited to announce that my life will be the subject of a water ballet!” Mr. Trash Wheel announced in a recent posting on Facebook. “The wonderful folks at Fluid Movement have created a scene dedicated to me in their upcoming show…If you’re in Baltimore, support these crazy folks and the amazing art you’ll find only in my hometown.”

Located near the Pier 6 Concert Tent, Mr. Trash Wheel is a recycling contraption that looks vaguely like a giant snail and collects debris floating down the Lower Jones Falls before it can reach the Inner Harbor.

Fluid Movement presents performances all around town, often involving water and usually celebrating the “best and nuttiest” about Baltimore. Its latest event, featuring Mr. Trash Wheel, will be its 15th annual synchronized swimming spectacular, this year called Science Fair!: The Water Ballet.  Hypothesis: It’s Gonna Be Awesome!”

Fluid Movement board member Kelly Quinn decided to create an homage to Mr. Trash Wheel “because of her quixotic commitment to a swimmable harbor by 2020,” according to the group’s website.

Performances will be held at the Druid Hill Park Pool, 800 Wyman Park Drive, on July 30 and July 31 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and at Patterson Park Pool, 148 S. Linwood Avenue, on August 5 at 9 p.m.; August 6 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and August 7 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person for all shows except the show on July 30 at 5 p.m., when tickets will be $5 per person. More information is available at

Ed Gunts

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