Work continues on Montevallo Recycling Center

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo community arts class will soon begin its second phase of making over the Montevallo Recycling Center, art professor Collin Williams told the City Council Feb. 11.

The first phase of the project included a wall mural on the facility, which is located at 1361 Spring Creek Road.

The second and third phases will include another mural, a native plant garden, a “stained glass” wall made from recycled glass bottles, a seating area and a sculpture garden.

UM student Jordan Smith shows the plans the community arts class has for the Montevallo Recycling Center. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

A green fund grant from the university will fund phase two, Williams said.

“Everything we use in this project will have a recycled element,” student Jordan Smith said. “We’ll use slumped glass bottles using post-consumer bottles to make stained glass.”

Williams held up an example of a slumped glass bottle, which is a bottle that has been melted and flattened.

“We want a place where people can recycle, but can also sit, relax and enjoy the space and native plans we plan on providing there,” Smith said.

The eight community arts class students will continue the progress of the previous class, and the project should be completed over the summer, Williams said.

“This is really incredible work. It will brighten the area and reinforce ideas the city and university stand for,” Councilwoman Dee Woodham said.