Are Artists the Ultimate Recyclers?

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For a group of artists, scrap metal, bits of rubber, discarded paint cans and empty water bottles are all just waiting to be transformed not only into works of art, but also statements about serious environmental issues.

The ‘Green Revolution’ exhibition at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) in Tempe, Ariz. is a green-themed display aimed at engaging visitors about ecological issues. The exhibit was originally from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and its Black Creativity Council and is made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

“‘Green Revolution’ allowed us to make an Arizona-based version of the exhibition, and so we were able to ask local artists to present themes about recycling, energy and carbon footprint,” says Michelle Nichols Dock, Gallery Coordinator for TCA and Tempe Cultural Services.