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Philadelphia Zoo Opens Recycled Art Exhibit, Second Nature, April 11

Elizabeth Fisler

Elizabeth Fisler

Assistant Editor

Posted October 1, 2014

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What do plastic bottles, animals, artwork, and machine parts have in common? The Philadelphia Zoo is introducing a one of a kind art exhibit featuring animal inspired sculptures, illustrations, and stories made entirely out of recycled material. These animals were created to inspire guests and spread the message that helping wildlife should always be Second Nature.

The Second Nature Junk Rethunk exhibit will open April 11 and run through October 31, 2015. Artists from around the globe have used recycled, reduced, reused, repurposed and renewed materials only to create both large (and extra large) pieces that will inspire any zoo guest. Warning: the 9-foot pink rabbits are not real.

Sure, your kids have seen the monkeys at the zoo, but have they seen a 13-foot blue gorilla sculpture made entirely out of used car parts? Or an 8-foot crocodile made out of chewing gum? These sculptures are sure to engage and inspire every guest at the Philadelphia Zoo, and entice them to learn more about the small ways humans can make a difference in the world for endangered animals.

On your next visit to the zoo, make sure you don’t miss the animal robots, or the 48 endangered animals carved out of Crayola crayons.

Want to do even more? Sign up as a commitment to start making everyday, Earth-friendly choices that are Second Nature.


 Photos courtesy Philadelphia Zoo.


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