Second-Nature-Logo-700x445An array of artist installations have taken over the Philadelphia Zoo, some even larger than life!

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.

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