You know the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." We're happy to report that the trash-to-treasure phenomenon can now be applied to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions!
The Centro de Ciencias y Artes A.C, Planetario Alfa in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, is preparing a Spanish presentation of SITES’ digital exhibition, Green Revolution, to open on March 15, 2013. Planetario staff members, school groups and general visitors recently created an 8 x 79 foot mural on the exterior of their building, made entirely of 60,000 bottle caps. One complimentary entrance pass was given for every 50 bottle caps donated (or one pass for every 10 hard-to-find black ones).
The United Nations designated 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, and the mural design reflects that theme. The boat in the mural symbolizes the union of countries working together for the care of water, the whale symbolizes species in danger of extinction, the octopus symbolizes children and their fantasies and the sun symbolizes hope. The mural will be on display for at least one year and the Planetario plans to create another mural in the Waste Not! section of Green Revolution. Other Mexican institutions are now copying this project using their own designs. Images courtesy Angelica Flores.