The Roadrunner Project

Olin Calk & Dan Smith


The Roadrunner sculpture was created in the spring of 1993 as the final component of a recycling education program designed by artists Olin Calk and Dan Smith.

Recycling Education           1993-Present                   Las Cruces, NM

     Olin Calk and Dan Smith                  The Roadrunner “                Las Cruces Foothills Landfill 1992

The “Roadrunner” stands 20’ tall and 40’ long. The sculpture’s first home was the Las Cruces Foothills Landfill, which was located 4-6 miles due east of the intersection of Lohman Avenue and Telshor. The intention of the work was to draw attention to the landfill itself and thus to issues regarding consumption, the potential reuse of some materials, and the recycling of mass consumed packaging residuals.

The Roadrunner drew visitors, tourists, and students on field trips to the landfill location where the reality of solid waste was visible alongside the artwork.