Sculp­ture to help raise pol­lu­tion aware­ness

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF

Austin vol­un­teers will gather Satur­day to help con­struct a 14-foot tall “Plas­tic Storm” sculp­ture out of thou­sands of re­claimed plas­tic bot­tles, cups, jars and bot­tle caps.

The project, a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the city of Austin and Austin non­profit Keep Austin Beau­ti­ful, aims to raise aware­ness about the dam­aged caused by pol­lut­ing land­fills and oceans with non­re­cy­clable plas­tics.

Vol­un­teers will con­struct the sculp­ture, an in­no­va­tion by Austin artist Ge­orge Sabra, by slid­ing prepped ma­te­ri­als onto metal rods, ac­cord­ing to a city of Austin news re­lease. The com­pleted sculp­ture will be re­vealed at the third an­nual Austin’s New Year, a free fam­ily-friendly fes­ti­val on Dec. 31 at Au­di­to­rium Shores. To learn more about the project, go to www.plas­tic­storm­sculp­ture.com.

The Arthri­tis Foun­da­tion be­stowed its Lor­raine Po­tocki Arthri­tis Walk Award to Cassi Tay­lor of Austin at its na­tional meet­ing ear­lier this month.

The award rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing chair­per­son of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sig­na­ture fund-rais­ing event, the Arthri­tis Walk, which raises aware­ness and funds. Tay­lor chaired her area’s Arthri­tis Walk from 2009 to 2012.

Miss United States 2012 Whit­ney Miller, an Austin res­i­dent, will help con­duct work­shops Satur­day for chil­dren ages 6 to 12 to dec­o­rate stock­ings for the dogs and cats at Austin Pets Alive!

The work­shops are sched­uled from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Town Lake An­i­mal Cen­ter, 156 W.

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