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UW-Eau Claire art classes promote RecycleMania with 3-D sculptures

February 23, 2012
Recyclable Sculpture
Art students Marguerite Gilbertson, left, and Choua Xiong create a sculpture of a series of angler fish from recyclable materials. The sculpture will be one of 15 installations on exhibit March 5-9 in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center.
EAU CLAIRE — Art students at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are raising sustainability awareness by building 3-D sculptures entirely out of recyclables. The installations will be displayed March 5-9 throughout the university's Davies Center.

The project coincides with RecycleMania, a 10-week nationwide recycling contest from Jan. 22-March 31, sponsored on the UW-Eau Claire campus by the Student National Environmental Health Association, The Conservationists student organization, Housing and Residence Life and the Student Office of Sustainability.

Forty-five sculpture students enrolled in two sections of a three-dimensional art course are working in groups of three on 15 installations. The sculptures are inspired by microbiology, insects and deep sea creatures.

Displayed with each installation will be a list of the artists and a curator's note, including annotations about the environmental impact of waste minimization, recycling and composting.

For more information, contact Amy Zagar, Student Office of Sustainability, at zagaral@uwec.edu or 715-892-1168.

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