Shell Love Bug creator Pam Rambo

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. There are 3 areas on the sculpture where Rambo painted shells to create a ladybug on the rear bumper, monarch butterfly on the dashboard, and Shell Love Bug front plate. She put her signature Worm Shell design on rearview mirror to top it off. She gratefully credits friends 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 of owns Shell Love Bug!

How can I see Shell Love Bug?

Following its debut in 2016 on Good Morning America, Shell Love Bug will appear at designated locations to be announced.  Check the Calendar of Events (CLICK HERE FOR link) regularly for updates.


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