A new googly-eyed trash wheel is coming to town this December.
Professor Trash Wheel will begin her trash collecting journey in Harris Creek Park in Canton on Dec. 4 with a kickoff community event, during which she will be introduced by Baltimore Mayor-elect Catherine Pugh.
Professor Trash Wheel is the second trash-collecting water wheel to exist in Baltimore area. Her predecessor, Mr. Trash Wheel, was installed in Jones Falls in May 2014 and has since collected over 1 million pounds of trash.
In September, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore raised more than $550,000 for the installation, operation and maintenance of the newest trash wheel. Contributions came from donors in at least 36 states and eight countries, according to the Waterfront Partnership, which operates the trash wheels.
Both hydro- and solar-powered water wheels were made by Clearwater Mills and received their 5-foot tall eyeballs as a donation from Federal Hill-based engineering services and design company Key Tech.
Like Mr. Trash Wheel, Professor Trash Wheel has her own Twitter handle, @ProfTrashWheel — with just over 250 followers as of Thursday. Mr. Trash Wheel's handle, @MrTrashWheel, has more than 8,400 Twitter followers, but it's safe to assume she'll catch up.
The newest water 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 Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative, said in a past news release.
Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan contributed to this article.
If you go
Professor Trash Wheel will make her debut 2:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Harris Creek Park in Canton, 2515 Boston St. Trash wheel cookies and hot chocolate will be served at the event while items last. healthyharbor.org