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Internationally recognized and Austin-based sculptor, George Sabra works exclusively with discarded, scrapped materials, reclaiming them to create new value. He has taken on a new project fashioning an all new large-scale permanent sculpture from thousands of discarded, reclaimed plastic caps and lids that most toss away and recycling centers won’t accept. Through the power of the sculpture, it’s hoped that people are inspired to take action, achieve greater awareness of the environment, and discover their own path towards achieving harmony between the natural and man-made world.
 
The Plastic Caps Sculpture will be displayed outside City Hall and debuted at the Green City Festival on October 23rd from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. The Festival is a partnership between the City of Austin, and local nonprofits including Keep Austin Beautiful. The sculpture will be made by the artist with assistance from community volunteers, students, and Austin citizens at the Enchanted Forest at 1412 Oltorf, Austin, TX.  
 
GET INVOLVED!
Be a part of the Art! Donate your plastic caps and lids of all sizes and colors – red lids on your peanut butter jars, orange caps from Gatorade drinks, purple caps on jelly jars, green mayonnaise lids and yellow caps from the spices in your cabinets. 
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
  • Collect Caps and Lids and bring them to collection sites
  • Clean Caps and Lids at the Sculpture Site at the Enchanted Forest, more info on Vol Opp.
  • Assist Artist Prepare Caps to Create Sculpture at the Enchanted Forest, more info on Vol Opp.
 
COLLECTION SITES FOR YOUR CAPS AND LIDS
  • Keep Austin Beautiful, 55 North I-35, Suite 235, Austin, TX. 391-3619
  • Enchanted Forest, 1412 West Oltorf, Austin, TX. 743-9031
  • Ecology Action of Texas, 707 East 9th Street, 78701. Look for the "dedicated" collection barrel and a sign about the Plastic Caps Sculpture; they are specifically collecting 3 inch and larger rigid plastic caps, such as found on peanut butter, Nutella and mayonnaise jars.
 
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 
 
About George Sabra:  An internationally recognized sculptor, Austin-based George Sabra works exclusively with discarded, scrapped materials, reclaiming them to create new value.  Practicing sculpting for 27 years, he creates sculptures that achieve balance and harmony between the man-made and natural world.  Creating art with a sense of excitement, George is always happy to fashion new treasures from discarded objects.  While tempting to label Sabra’s style as “contemporary”, the sculptures reveal a respect for the principles of traditional fine art.  Sculptures have been purchased for collections as well as displayed in public places, including the Vatican.  His e-waste art was featured in National Geographic Magazine.

 

THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC CAPS AND LIDS:  According to CapsCanDo (www.capscando.org), we come in contact with plastic every day.  Designed to last, plastic caps can take hundreds, even thousands of years to decompose.  Our cupboards, refrigerators, medicine cabinets, offices, and vehicles are filled with plastic.  As a result, the most litter on our earth is plastic.  Nearly every piece of plastic ever made is still in existence today.  Among all of that plastic, one of the least commonly recycled items are the caps and lids used to seal beverages. 
 
WHY RECYCLING CENTERS DON'T ACCEPT CAPS:  According to Earth Talk (http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/a/plastic_lids.htm), many municipal recycling programs throughout the United States still do not accept plastic lids, tops and caps, even though they take the containers that accompany them.  The reason is that lids typically are not made from the same kind of plastic as their containers, and therefore should not be mixed together with them.  When the two types of plastic are mixed, one contaminates the other, reducing the value of the material.  Caps and lids become labor intensive and costly for recycling centers to work with.  
 
FUTURE USE?  Caps and Lids are originally manufactured and designed for one, single purpose. Consumers are encouraged to recycle the bottle, but throw the cap into the trash.  
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO?  According to Earth Talk (http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/a/plastic_lids.htm), buying in bulk means fewer plastic lids and caps to process.  To reduce all kinds of container and cap recycling, buy in large rather than single-serving containers.  Rather than use many 8 or 16 oz water and soda bottles, buy large bottles and pour them into re-usable bottles.  According to CapsCanDo (www.capscando.org), collect your #5 plastic caps (water and soda bottles, peanut butter and detergent bottles). locate a recycling center in your area that accepts them., and help eliminate #5 plastic waste by recycling the caps with them.  
 
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?  Please help educate the public about the harm littered plastic caps do to humans, our wildlife, and our planet.