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July 17, 2008

Garbage Art and the Environment

Is garbage art the new environmental art? While the breathtaking natural sculptures of well-known environmental artists like Robert Smithson or Andy Goldsworthy certainly awe viewers, there's something refreshingly accessible about a polar bear that appears, at first glance, to be an ordinary piece of trash. "Air Bear" by Joshua Allen Harris is a garbage bag sculpture that inflates as passing subway cars provide a gush of air. Watching the bear go through cycles of "life" and "death" on a busy city street, we're reminded that real polar bears face a similar-but-not-so-charming fate, as global warming threatens their environment. Hopefully, artistic representations of wildlife won't be all that remains in the warmer future.

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--D.W.

Sources:  Time, WebUrbanist, Green Museum, Treehugger

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