Conn. Man Turns Hurricane Sandy Debris into Art

Proceeds will go to relief fund

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) —One Connecticut man sees the debris left on a Rhode Island beach by the destruction of Superstorm Sandy as a sign of hope.

Matt Peel of Pawcatuck, Conn., is turning the debris into art. The proceeds will be donated to a Sandy relief fund.

The Westerly Sun reports  that Peel spent a month on Misquamicut Beach picking up pieces of wood that had broken off from signs, fences, and houses during the October storm.

Peel is turning them into wooden American flags, shelves and furniture.

Peel hopes to have 15 pieces done by the end of the summer and plans to exhibit and sell the work at a local gallery.

He said none of the debris is being altered. The flags are made from blue scraps believed to be from houses; the other colors will come from red and white dune fences.

All the proceeds will go the Misquamicut Relief Fund.