The googly-eyed "Mr. Trash Wheel" will soon have a female companion scooping debris from a Canton tributary before it reaches the Baltimore harbor.
Now that the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore's Healthy Harbor initiative has surpassed its $550,000 fundraising goal, "Professor Trash Wheel" is set to be installed by the end of the year, according to a news release. The water wheel, the second in the harbor, will be located at the end of Harris Creek in Canton.
The Waterfront Partnership raised $594,275 toward the Canton trash wheel, including donations from the Abell Foundation, the Pedersen family and other Baltimore foundations, businesses and residents. Contributions came from donors 36 states and eight countries, according to the Waterfront Partnership. Extra funds raised will go towards the wheel's operation and maintenance and the installation of a sign at Harris Creek Park.
The Waterfront Partnership held a "gender reveal party" Thursday night at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel to unveil the new trash wheel's persona. Attendees to the event were able to vote on the trash wheel's gender when purchasing tickets.
More than 200 people attended the event.
Like Mr. Trash Wheel, Professor Trash Wheel will have her own Twitter handle, @ProfTrashWheel. Mr. Trash Wheel (@MrTrashWheel) has more than 8,100 Twitter followers.
The first waterwheel between Pier Six and the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel has collected more than 483 tons of trash since it was installed in May 2014. The second wheel will be smaller than the original.
Professor Trash Wheel "has a degree in trash studies with a focus on the Chesapeake Bay and her dream is to educate Baltimore kids about what they can do to help clean up the Baltimore Harbor," Adam Lindquist, director of the Healthy Harbor Initiative, said in a news release Thursday.