If you're familiar with our litter campaign slogan "You can't afford to be trashy," you'd be right in concluding that we don't like litter riddling our scenic areas in Calcasieu Parish.
However, you'll see in this "Creative Litter" section of the website, innovative ways we're spreading our anti-litter message by fusing real litter items with culture and creativity. We hope these eye-catching projects will inspire a drastic reduction in litter found in Calcasieu Parish.
Youth in Calcasieu Parish helped us spread the message to use Calcasieu dump sites with a fun Adele parody featuring the vocals of Lake Charles Young Band Nation.
The Calcasieu Parish Litter Program introduces litter ambassadors, Trashsquatch and "Fetch the Litter Retriever," in this music video featuring the vocals of country music star Brad Brinkley.
Fetch the Litter Retriever is helping Calcasieu Parish school children keep their campuses clean. Fetch is a 4-foot-tall dog made entirely out of trash found in Calcasieu Parish. His tail, constructed out of a broom, symbolizes how important it is to sweep away litter that can leave a school looking like a scary lab experiment.
But you don’t have to wait for his school visit to see Fetch in all his broom wagging glory. Fetch and his human, Trashsquatch, have supporting roles in the Parish’s music video “Angry and Bitter.” Not one to shy away from the spotlight, Fetch can also be spotted rolling through the Krewe of Barkus parade during Mardi Gras season.
Designer Litter Bags unveiled for Earth Day at McDonalds.
This edition features the artwork of Candace Alexander.
"Special Southern Sunset" by Candice Alexander. This is part of Candice Alexander's "Fleur de Lis: Worlds Within" series, which comprises more than 100 designs reflecting the essence of her native Southwest Louisiana community. Alexander makes her art with old and new technology: digital graphics, intaglio printing, mixed media, drawing, photography and painting. Her surrealistic imagery often shifts between dreamlike images and reality. She works from her studio in Lake Charles.
"This is How You Do It" 3-D Billboard
Due to the success our first 3-D billboard enjoyed we decided to create a new 3-D litter billboard with a positive message. This new display is located on Ryan St. at the Oak St. intersection, and features a large trash can below it.
Our Public Works crews and the Sheriff's Office Litter Inmate Crews helped to place the garbage on the billboard. First Federal Bank also supported the project. Take a look at the end result below:
To celebrate the rich variety of Calcasieu’s outstanding culture, the Police Jury will be joining forces with local artists to create “artful” litter bags.
As the year continues, more artistic litter bags will be produced with new selections of art from more local artists. Any business or organization wishing to become a part of this initiative in handing out these new litterbags should contact us at 721-3570.
Our newest design unveiled in November 2011 comes from Southwest Louisiana artist Elton Louviere.
If you love this design you can see more of artist Elton Louviere's work by clicking on this link.
"Dawn" by Elton Louviere. Nationally renowned Southwest Louisiana artist Elton Louviere has been praised for his outstanding ability to capture and manipulate light in his paintings and has a reputation for accuracy and meticulous detail. Today he is widely known for his vibrant, light-filled landscapes, handsome waterfowl paintings and approachable style. This piece is especially timely, because after 50 years of painting, Louviere announced his retirement as of December 31, 2011. Sadly, he passed away in 2014 at the age of 83.
The first design launched into the community featured a painting by Lake Charles artist, Kevin Leveque.
If you love this design, you can see more of artist Kevin Leveque's work by clicking on this link.
"On the Calcasieu" by Kevin Lawrence Leveque. Leveque is an impressionistic painter who uses oils to expose the beauty and magic hidden in the often-overlooked details of ordinary life. He was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After years of travel, he has returned home and "lives to paint."