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Norcross art exhibit redefines recycling

This weekend the city of Norcross will unveil its newest public art exhibit.

“ReImagine: Sculptures that Redefine Recycling” is a series of sculptures with themes that meld art with recycling and environmental awareness.

The unveiling will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday in downtown Norcross at The Crossing, 40 S. Peachtree St., and the artists who created the sculptures will be on hand to speak to the public.

“It seemed appropriate to host an event that celebrates creative recycling inside a building that has been re-purposed several times since it first served the town as a depot back in the late 1800’s,” said Norcross resident and ArtsXchange member Deb Wilson Harris.

ArtsXchange is the local volunteer-based group that organized ReImagine and focuses on introducing projects that generate creative intercultural experiences and community engagement.

The call to metro-area artists was put out in early January, and in late March a jury of local arts enthusiasts selected the winning submissions. Five sculptures were chosen with criteria that demanded the pieces consist of at least 75 percent recycled materials and be sturdy enough to withstand outdoor exposure for the two-year exhibit period.

“We were also looking for high quality pieces that reflect real creativity and imagination,” Harris said. “We want people to find them interesting and even inspiring, so that maybe they’ll go home and think how they can re-use stuff creatively instead of just throwing it away.”

The creations will be exhibited throughout several city green spaces in the downtown area for a two-year period. The pieces are also entered into a public contest through which visitors can vote for first, second and third place exhibit winners.

“At the end of the exhibit, the City will consider buying the sculpture that gets the most votes,” Harris said. “We’re hoping people take their photos in front of their favorite piece and post them on Instagram or Facebook and help make this a true ‘People’s Choice’ award.”

ReImagine is supported by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful, Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity ReStore and ArtWorks! Gwinnett and is part of a new “sculpture trail” being introduced in the county this spring by Explore Gwinnett.

For more information about the sculptors and their winning work, visit www.aplacetoimagine.com.