Friday Photo: Giving Creative Life to Discarded Plastic
The new issue of National Parks magazine is online this week (and in mailboxes soon), and its cover features a striking collection of soft-hued objects arranged on a plate. Their shapes curve in different directions; their blues and soft purples play against each other with a subtle sense of harmony. From a distance, the objects almost look like candy, or frosted glass. On closer inspection, a few items become recognizable–a bent spoon, a bottle top, a dart?–but each piece has shed its original purpose and assumed a new identity in its deliberate position on the plate.
What is it? Why is it on the cover of the magazine?
Turns out, the plate is part of an art series featuring discarded plastic washed on the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. Artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have spent years collecting and categorizing the trash and repurposing their finds into these intriguing images. What’s more, the Langs use their art to educate people to reconsider their behaviors and they hope these beautiful pieces will help inspire positive change.
Read more about how this couple honors the park by turning its trash into treasure, and watch the video below of the two of them in action. (Don’t have time for all eight minutes? Definitely check out the “trophy fish” made of bottle caps at 1:47!)
UPDATE: If you enjoyed this story, read a little more on this creative couple, and browse more photos of their work on this blog post by National Public Radio from August 1, 2012.
-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications