Join us for the opening of our newest exhibit, Plastics Unwrapped, on Saturday, February 4. The exhibition, which originated at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle, explores one of the 20th century’s most-debated inventions: the synthetic polymers we call plastics. From 10 a.m. to noon, vote for your favorite“plarn bombing” installations with recycled plastics around the cypress trees in Heritage Square Park in front of the museum; find out who the winners are at 1 p.m.
The History Center has added new features, including a 200-square-foot plastic “tiny house” that offers big inspiration about improving energy efficiency in homes of any size.
As a complement to the exhibit, works by artist Bobbi Mastrangelo show how she uses plastics in creating her trademark “Grate Works” – sculptural reliefs inspired by real manhole covers and sewer grates, some decades old. Mastrangelo’s art brings attention to the history and beauty of the humble cast iron that lies beneath our feet on city streets.