Bucky on Parade: See Bucky do good

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Watching Meghan Warren work, you'd think she is an accomplished artist.

"It never feels like it's completely finished but I think that's probably the way it is for anybody," said Warren while taking a break from working on a Bucky on Parade statue.

Talk a little longer with her and you'll find out she is new to the craft.

"I am not trained at all in art," said Warren.

But being meticulous is nothing new, it's just that usually she's working in a different department. Dr. Warren is an anesthesiologist at UW Hospital and it is in the operating room where her Bucky's story starts.

"A bag that's this size, we collected this in two months in two operating rooms," said Warren showing a bag of brightly colored vial caps.

"There are a lot of different colors and textures," said Warren.

The caps are from medication vials from UW Health operating rooms. The caps were once thrown away because they are too small to be recycled with other everyday items. At least five vials are used for every procedure in the operating room so, prior to saving the caps, around 150 thousand were going into the landfill every year from the hospital alone.

Warren said she figured the caps had to be good for more than the garbage so she started working with others in the hospital to create a variety of pieces of art and now Bucky is her first three-dimensional piece.

"Having grown up here, Bucky is kinda iconic and I was really excited to get to do a statue of Bucky," said Warren. "It's kinda a nice way to tie the science of recycling into the humanity an interest of art."

Warren said her Bucky on Parade statue took more than 200 hours to create, not including many trips to the hardware store for supplies. Fortunately, she said she had a lot of help from her family.

Warren's Bucky statue is sponsored by Garding Against Cancer, founded by Greg and Michelle Gard. The campaign supports cancer researchers around the state.