Talented GHS student recognized for ‘amazing’ recycled art

Published 5:02 pm Friday, July 16, 2010

Freddie Scarver is doing his part to recycle while making his world a more beautiful and artistic place to live. Scarver, a rising senior at Greenville High School, was recognized at Thursday night’s BOE meeting for his talents. Many of Scarver’s wire and soft drink can sculptures were on exhibit around the boardroom.

“I saw some of Freddie’s artwork on display, and I said ‘This is something very special,'” said superintendent Darren Douthitt. “We wanted to share it with the community.”

Scarver’s mother, Debra, was on hand and said she was very, very proud of her son’s accomplishments. “He’s been making things like this ever since he was a little boy,” she said.

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When asked what his favorite piece is, the young artist pointed with a smile to his “Coke horse,” a life-sized replica of a grazing equine created from Coke cans, ribbons and clear packing tape.

“I like it the best. I worked on it for a year,” he said.

While he has created sculptures of subjects such as miniature cars, Scarver particularly enjoys using people and animals as inspiration. Wall sculptures of sea horses and peacocks along with tribal masks, chickens, deer, portrait busts and more were among the award-winning artworks of Scarver’s on display.

“His horse won on the state level and it’s been on display at the RSA Tower in Montgomery,” said his art teacher, Stacey Edwards. “He is an amazing talent.”

Edwards is already compiling a list of commissions for Scarver from local art lovers – everything from an over-sized pumpkin to be done in orange soda cans, to a University of Alabama elephant.

Dr. Carolyn Foyle, Scarver’s classroom teacher, is excited about the recognition her talented student is getting. “Freddie is really something special,” she said.