Sustainabililty through the Arts

Patti Opel’s Colony Collapse

Sustainability in West Michigan has inspired two art events, Upcycling! Creating More with Less and Sustainability: A West Michigan Journey.

To “upcycle” is to reuse an object of low value to produce something of higher value, materially or aesthetically.  The Muskegon Museum of Art’s Cooper Gallery is home for the Upcycling! exhibit from February 3-April 3, 2011.  The artwork is diverse in subject and style, but unified in that all the pieces incorporate found or reclaimed objects.  Some of the mediums used include glass, steel, recyled plastic, and aluminum pull tabs.

Featured artists include permanent collection artists as well as West Michigan Locals–Wanda Gringhuis Anderson, Lee S. Brown, Curtis Frillman, David Ninham, Patti Opel, and others.

Sustainability: A West Michigan Journey is a production of the West Michigan Symphony in partnership with Grand Valley State University.  The multi-media presentation will include musical pieces by Beethoven, Aaron Copeland, and Bedrich Smetana, as well as locally produced videos and photos.  The purpose of this March 25 and 26 event is to explore West Michigan’s past and present environments.

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  1. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    take those pealns and put them in the basement.first you take a parabolic solar concentrator and put an robotic arm on it to follow the suns path.then make the focal point a mirrored shape cone that will send the light down through mirrored glass tubing straight into a mirrored shape glass box inside the mirrored shape box will be several solar pealns that spin to keep them cool the mirrored box must have the mirrors inward to reflect the light sending from the parabolic focal point.ken van horn


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