Local residents gathered at the corner of North A and North Fourth Street in Fort Smith Sunday to create something new out of refuse.

Volunteers began gathering outside Belle Starr Antiques on Sunday morning to arrange brown glass beer bottles in the shape of a U.S. Marshals six-pointed star with the use of a grid. When finished, "Fort Smith" would be spelled out in the middle of the star, and the entire star would be enclosed in a border of green bottles. All negative space would be comprised of brown beer bottles wrapped in foil.

Organizer Crissie Clegg, owner of True Grit Tattoo Parlor and Frozen-Over Hell on the Border Shaved Ice, said Sunday's gathering was one of the Fort Smith Bicentennial Committee's events for the third quarter, the Homecoming Quarter. She chose this specific shape to celebrate the upcoming U.S. Marshal's Museum in Fort Smith.

"All of these bottles are going to take a triple life," Clegg said. "They've been used at the bar already. ... My husband runs Arlie Muck's Tavern, and they've been saving a year's worth of these bottles for us to do (this), and Beth (Templeton-Price) from Belle Starr has been sweet enough to allow us to store them in her warehouse for this long, and then, when we are done with this, we will be donating them to the Future School, and they're building a wall out of them."

Clegg described this as a really neat way to recycle.

"And we're doing a scrapbook with the sign-in sheets and photos later to donate to the city museum so that the next centennial, people can see their families, their great-great-great grandparents, took part in it, to see what they did," Clegg said.

Arkhola Sand & Gravel donated sand for the event.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, Clegg said although she was aiming for the project to be completed at sundown, she was unsure that was going to happen. She believed at that point work on it would continue into Sunday night. The first beer bottles were laid out at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday.