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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Keep Haltom City Beautiful goes in record book

A huge sculpture made from 18,000 cardboard boxes has earned Keep Haltom City Beautiful a Guinness World Record title for the largest such structure ever built.

The sculpture, a replica of the original Birdville County Courthouse from 1855, was built by volunteers on Nov. 15, 2014, America and Texas Recycles Day. Beautification board members from Keep Haltom City Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful, learned about building a cardboard box structure from the 2014 Keep Texas Beautiful Conference and teamed up with the Northeast Environmental Team to break the world record.

Total volunteer time for the day was over 487 hours, made up by local high school students, community members, elected city officials, businesspeople, board members and city employees.

The sculpture was sketched by Don Tipps with design plan by architect Daniel Williams. The Hills Center in North Richland Hills donated the workspace for the sculpture, and the boxes and packing tape were donated by local retailer Harris Packaging as well as local residents.

Keep Haltom City Beautiful initiative supports programs related to litter prevention and cleanup, recycling, watershed protection, beautification, code enforcement education and the arts. The KHCB board members are appointed by the city council.

The Northeast environmental team is a group of representatives from Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga whose purpose is to educate citizens on environmental issues.

Betty Dillard


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