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Earth Day: Trash to Treasure

Reducing, re-using and re-cycling. Tuesday marks earth day. It’s a time for every-one to take action to help preserve our planet. On Tuesday, artists from our area and beyond are doing their part to recycle in a very special way.

Reducing, re-using and re-cycling.  Tuesday marks earth day.  It’s a time for every-one to take action to help preserve our planet.  On Tuesday, artists from our area and beyond are doing their part to recycle in a very special way.

To most, all of this just looks like junk.  But to some, it's a dream.

"As artists you never get to go into places like this.  You always imagine there are places like this that just have like piles and piles of objects or materials and you know they exist but actually getting into them is very difficult," says Lauren Chipur, artist.

For over a decade, the Sculpture Space and Empire Recycling have worked together in an earth day tradition.  Artists scavenge the piles and piles of scraps at Empire.  They find odds and ends that fit their visions of masterpieces.

"It seems as though I have items to make a tea party, but I don't know if that's going to happen," says Chipur.

Each artist gets to take $100 worth of scrap metal for their project.  In an industry that seems dirty, some say recycling these materials is a way to showcase the beauty of re-using.

"I think a lot of the time it goes unnoticed and this is a good way to bring it out to the public," says Dave Levitt, Empire Recycling.

But some say this partnership between Sculpture Space and Empire Recycling is more than just a friendly partnership but an important step in breathing life back into Utica.

"I think that any city that wants to attract and retain skilled and educated workers really needs a vibrate arts and cultural scene and we can't do that without business and local support," says Monika Burczyk, Sculpture Space.

If you're interested in buying a piece of artwork that's made completely from the Earth Day scraps, you can come to the charity auction event on Sept. 27 at the Sculpture Space.

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