Open now until October 31, the exhibit titled Second Nature brings work from artists all over the world who recycle, reuse and re-purpose everyday materials into works of animal-inspired art to our city’s zoo.
Those visiting the exhibit will see art made out of burned-out spark plugs, recycled plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and wads of chewing gum. From a totemic 13-foot-tall blue gorilla sculpted entirely of recycled car parts to a 175-pound rhinoceros made of serving plates to an evocative primate shadow-sculpture composed by casting a beam of light on a pile of discarded electronics and a menacing five-foot-long alligator molded from (brace yourself) chewing gum.
Second Nature will intrigue, delight and engage Zoo visitors in the small things we humans can do to make a world of difference for endangered animals and habitats.
Here are some of the installations that visitors will see:
Fuchsia Rabbits by the Cracking Art Group.
“Bloom,” a tree sprouting flowers and butterflies by the FLUX Foundation.
Crayons carved into endangered species by Diem Chau.
Two polar bear cubs made from recycled spark plugs by James Corbett.