January 22, 2019
Kathleen J. Davis

An ocean scene made from nearly 27,000 recycled straws and other plastics debuted at the Carnegie Science Center last week. The large structure, called Straw Forward, depicts swimming sea creatures including a turtle, jellyfish and octopus, and a large white bird swooping over the water.

The straws were collected from more than 40 restaurants, businesses and universities in the Pittsburgh area over a four-month period. The straws were then sorted, counted and cleaned to be used as part of the sculpture.

Additional plastics in the art project, including pool noodles, toy parts and a barrel, were pulled from the Allegheny River or repurposed from Construction Junction and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

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