Shell Love Bug seashell car driver side-2

Who designed Shell Love Bug?

Pam Rambo of is the artistic and creative force behind Shell Love Bug. She conceptualized the idea, the design, identified specific shell species for the background layers and featured components, and created paper patterns to guide placement of shells for the Sailor’s Valentine heart and individual seashell art pieces. Rambo also created the bumper ladybug, dashboard monarch butterfly, Shell Love Bug front plate, and Worm Shell rearview mirror art. She gratefully credits 65 volunteers for their talents, time and hard work in helping to collect, clean, sort and glue shells which brought Shell Love Bug to life.  She gives special recognition to members of Sanibel Shell Crafters who donated shells and hours of glueing.  Several of these talented ladies worked closely with Rambo to assemble the featured heart and seashell art. (Volunteer pictures link here)

How many hours were spent sorting and adhering shells?

Rambo and the volunteers dedicated over 1,200 glueing hours to the project, which was completed in 34 days.

How many shells are on Shell Love Bug?

Over 20,000 shells adorn the beetle, all of which are native to Southwest Florida beaches.

How many species of shells does Shell Love Bug feature?


How are the shells attached to the car?  

Over 100 tubes of Shoreline Marine GOOP, 3.7-Ounce, Clear were used for the shell application process.

How much do the shells weigh?

The combined weight of the glue and shells is over 200 pounds.

Can Shell Love Bug be washed?

Yes, the car can be hosed off with fresh water and soap, using a soft brush for details.

Who owns Shell Love Bug?

Pam Rambo Owns the Copyright to the artwork of Shell Love Bug. The Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau owns the title to a 2005 VW Beetle.

How can I see Shell Love Bug?

Following its debut on 2016 National Seashell Day, Shell Love Bug will appear at designated locations and special events.  Check the Calendar of Events (CLICK HERE FOR link) regularly for updates.


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