Eco ArtPrize: “Thousand Suns”


Would you rather see a pile of 3,000 discarded plastic water bottles on the ground or 1,000 brightly colored sunflowers decorating a lawn?  Libby Hodges’ ArtPrize piece, “Thousand Suns”, is a creative demonstration of the second situation.  Hodges’ piece has been created from “3,000 recycled water bottles that have been painted, cut, and glued to resemble sunflowers.”  According to the Clean Air Council, “Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and nearly 8 out of 10 bottles end up in landfills.”  Although most plastic bottles are created from recycled plastic, all of this plastic originates from oil which is a natural, but limited nonrenewable resource.

“”Thousand Suns” is meant to inspire its viewers to consider the collective environmental repercussions of not recycling, reducing our carbon footprint for our future generations, and to show ordinary everyday objects transformed into beautiful works of art.”

“Thousand Suns” is located just outside of the Gerald R. Ford Museum.  Learn how to make your own plastic bottle sunflowers on the “Thousands Suns” Facebook page.
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