Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Plastic: Trash to Treasure to Art

Yesterday I was moved by a video which was showcased on KQED's Truly CA Shorts.

The picture to the right is one of many re-cycled art pieces by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang from Northern California.
This couple has been collecting plastic on the shores of Kehoe Beach for the last 12 years.

Then, they turn it into art.

The concept is fascinating because of the history and connection that results in their discoveries. Check out their story below.

Ever since I heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a very large gyre of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean, I have been very unhappy about the state of our earth.
Even though the efforts of these two artists/adventurers will not resolve our ocean pollution, I am inspired by their creative and inspired outlook. In the video, Richard Lang says, "The opposite of beauty is not ugly... it is indifference".
To live in constant frustration and anger about the state of our environment will not make the world a more beautiful place. But by looking at everything that we are presented with with fresh, inspired eyes, I think that we can collectively find truth and beauty in even the most disturbing realities.

Go to for more of their art

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