Wednesday, October 21, 2009

White Shell Wednesday - What is this made from?

Can you see it? What is this hard clam shell made from? If you look closely, you will find that it is constructed entirely of tossed away cigarette butts. This huge, hard clam was part of the Trash to Treasure exhibit at the Maritime (Endicott Peabody) Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. One of their side exhibits offered sculptures made from recycled items and trash. This clam shell was almost 5 feet by 5 feet by 2 feet and was constructed entirely of tossed away cigarette butts. (first two photos will enlarge if you click on them)

The detail is amazing.

The likeness of the hard clam was spot on.

The common hard clam, also known as a quahog (or quahaug), round clam, or simply chowder clam is an edible mollusk which is native to the eastern shores of North America. It is one of many unrelated edible bivalves which in the USA are frequently referred to simply as clams.
Fishmarkets have specialty names for different sizes of this species of clam with the smallest clams called countnecks, next size up are littlenecks, then topnecks. Above that are the cherrystones, and the largest are called quahogs or chowder clams.
In coastal areas of New England, raw bars specialize in serving littlenecks and topnecks raw on an opened half-shell. Littlenecks are often found in-the-shell in sauces, soups, stews, "clams casino" or substituted for European varieties such as the cockle in southern European seafood dishes. The largest clams, quahogs or chowders and cherrystones (with the toughest meat), are used in such dishes as clam chowder, clam cakes and stuffed clams.
Thick, rich and creamy, clam chowder is stick to the ribs, home cooking and this bowl of local clam chowder was thick enough to stand a spoon in the middle of it and on the cold, damp day I ordered it, warmed the "cockles of my heart".
So this was an unusual white shell Wednesday as it had a touch of "green." Sea Witch


Jacque said... there anything that a person throws away that can't be REcycled??? Who'd thunk it?

Great post, great pictures and great information.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Cool clam! Thanks for that info on the numbers on the screens. I thought about taking them off and saving them but I thought it would be neat to just leave them on instead. Thanks for the awesome comment~

Ana said...

Yummmmm, Clam chowder looks good...Is it too early in the morning for chowder? :-) Anyway, although I think cigarette butts are yucky and I'm alergic to cigarette smoke I think that the huge hard clam shell is artistically "green" in an unsual sort of way. Thanks for sharing. And welcome back! Have a great day.


seanymph said...

Interesting clam there lol. Altho I dont think Id want that in my home. The clam chowder however........oh yea......its my favorite!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Absolutely cool!

Unknown said...

I popped on over here from Maya's blog to see that shell up close and personal... I wonder if the person who made this smoked all those ciggies???? Anyway pretty blog... Its late so I'll poke around in the morning... Nice to meet you!
Have a wonderful week end!
~Really Rainey~

little shiva said...

Hi there! I found the cigarette butt clamshell on Pinterest credited to Pam Longobardi, but she says it's not her work. I clicked through to the source and landed here, where I don't see any credit. Do you have any idea who did that piece? Here's where I found it on pinterest: