The University of Vermont is marking the end of an era with a monument to waste.
An art instructor and her students are constructing a sculpture of nearly 3,000 empty plastic water bottles to commemorate the end of bottled water sales on campus. UVM is one of the first universities in the country to stop the sale of flat, unflavored water. The large structure is meant to remind students how much waste can be eliminated by filling up reusable bottles at water fountains around campus.
"They'll remember the arch, they may not remember if somebody came up and gave the best 20 minute speech on why we should get rid of water bottles, but they are going to remember the visual arch," said Beth Haggart, an adjunct art instructor.
The structure will be on display Nov. 5, 12-2 p.m. in the Davis Center's atrium.