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Spring exhibition at i.d.e.a. Museum explores the beauty of recycled art, green living

Post Date:01/22/2019 5:00 PM
  • Lead The i.d.e.a. Museum's new exhibit, Junkyard Jungle, opens Feb. 8 and features artists who work magic transforming recycled items into unique artworks that highlight the beauty of our planet's animal inhabitants

Escape into your imagination this spring at the i.d.e.a. Museum’s Junkyard Jungle exhibition, where discarded materials become treasured artworks that takes you on a journey into Earth’s lush rainforests and other wild destinations. The exhibition opens Friday, Feb. 8, and feature artists who work magic transforming recycled items into unique artworks that highlight the beauty of our planet’s animal inhabitants.

“Featuring recycled artworks and the activities highlighting the importance of green living are priorities at the museum as evidenced by our Recyclery are of the HUB Gallery with support from Mesa Recycles,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Executive Director Sunnee O’Rork. “Best of all, Junkyard Jungle will be a fun way for adults and children to learn more about our planet’s resources, its beautiful creatures and the impact we have on our environment.”

The spring exhibition also features art and hands-on interactives that teach about the environment around us, sustainability, best practices in recycling and conservation of natural resources. Children of all ages will be able to enjoy:

  Making collages of wild beasts and butterflies
  Imaginary play as biologists, entomologists, zoologists and ecologists
  Exploring the black light rainforest
  Making videos about recycled artwork

The exhibition – which runs through May 26, 2019 - is sponsored by Mesa Recycles, POGO Pass, the City of Mesa, the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors Inc., and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other financial contributions come from Wells Fargo Foundation and The Steele Foundation.

Wells Fargo Foundation supports the museum’s Access for All fund, which helps pay for programs such as school field trips and free days at the museum. The Steele Foundation continues to provide funding for the Artful Tales Experience, an art and literacy program designed for children ages 2 to 5.

The exhibition features 45 artworks by 13 artists from around the United States and United Kingdom. Works include repurposed discarded materials incorporated into paintings, photographs, sculptures, and collages.


Contact: Yvette Armendariz
Museum Public Relations & Marketing  
(480) 644-4129

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