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Artist Brings ‘Recycled’ Fashion To Pittsburgh, Display Shows It’s In Style To Recycle

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August 15, 2008

PITTSBURGH — Aluminum cans, rusty nails and even junk mail – all things that routinely get thrown away. But a new art project popping up at Pittsburgh International Airport is showing that it’s in style to recycle.

At first glance passengers at the airport may think that what they’re seeing is some sort of display case, but once they get a little closer, they experience quite a surprise.

“Is that made of glass? It’s glass! That’s pretty cool,” said Sunny Kitta of North Huntingdon.

That’s just one of the many reactions Nancy Judd’s Recycle Runway has been receiving.

“I started putting on trash fashion shows to encourage people to think differently and think creatively — it just grew from one thing to another,” said Judd.

The Santa Fe, N.M., artist displays her couture creations in airports to educate and motivate people to think about their impact on the Earth.

Many of Judd’s high fashion made from trash has caught onlookers off-guard.

“There’s a double take that happens that’s really fun,” Judd said. “Then they realize, ‘oh my gosh, that’s made out of glass or that’s made out of cans or video tape or junk mail’.”

Visitors at the airport have been getting quite an artistic eyeful since her display arrived and it seems that her message of reduce, reuse, and recycle is getting through.

“We are very green conscious as a family,” said Elizabeth Visnic of Pittsburgh. “This is a new way and a new step and I’m sure it is going to generate a lot of creative ideas!”

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