PLASTIC – Based on One Plastic Beach

27 Mar

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Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. Each piece of plastic Richard and Judith pick up comes back to their house, where it gets cleaned, categorized and stored before being used for their art. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find washed up, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas.

The kids chose how they wanted to display their pieces of plastic. They were suspended from cord around a hula hoop. This was to represent what plastic looks like when it is suspended in the ocean waters.

Please reference this wonderful video about the Lang’s journey as a couple, as artists and as curators of that one beach in California.

Room 5, 1st grade, Ms. Guerrero

March 2012 lesson

Docent: Debi Boyette

Art Elements/Principles/Artists Reviewed: Space and Shape/Form

To learn more about their work, visit:

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