In collaboration with The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Artists Jana Cruder & Matthew LaPenta present “Natural Plasticity” as part of W.A.V.E.S World Art Vision for Environmental Sustainability w ww.wavesart.org a public art collaboration between the Do Art Foundation, RVCC a nd S hark Allies. The inaugural public art installation will take place at Pershing Square park in downtown Los Angeles.

Location: Pershing Square Park 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Dates: Friday March 25 & Saturday March 26th Sunrise­-Sunset.

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Natural Plasticity is a large­scale commentary on the impact of disposable plastic and consumer behavior towards our natural environment. This public art installation places artists Cruder / LaPenta’s contemporary replicas of disposable plastic trash into our urban and park settings to visually articulate and stimulate conversation and thought around the impact consumable trash creates on our landscape, water and environment.

This sculptural installation work will start off at Pershing Square for the inaugural M arch 25th & 26th, 2016 event, and move throughout the city of Los Angeles, eventually making its way to the ocean ­ mirroring the pathway that many discarded plastics travel. We are staging this inaugural installation in Pershing Square as a way to start the conversation and gather support from the public before beginning the larger city wide route.

The Global landscape has been drastically transformed since the introduction of disposable, single­use plastic containers in the early 1940’s. Each year, some 280 million metric tons of plastic are discarded globally and since plastic doesn’t biodegrade, it contaminates our food chain, threatening delicate ocean ecosystems, wildlife, and, ultimately, human health. Every bit of plastic ever created remains, to this day, in existence.

This installation is the first in a series of public artworks that will focus on environmental issues by the W.A.V.E.S p roject. By using public art as a mechanism to stimulate thought and provoke action, the Natural Plasticity installation has a 'call to action' component intention, along with its aesthetic appeal.