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Volume 5, Issue 13  |  February 14, 2020


Jungle Junk critters made from repurposed “trash” on display at Sherman Library & Gardens

Jungle Junk Critters, a collection of 20 fun sculptures created from abandoned beach toys, bottle caps and junk will be on display at Sherman Library & Gardens beginning February 1 through the end of April. The pop-up exhibit of eco-friendly creatures and feathered friends will find themselves right at home in Sherman Garden’s lush tropical conservatory.

Jungle Junk critters made from repurposed Cowabunga

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Courtesy of Ron Yeo

“Cowabunga”

“The critters are made out of abandoned kids’ toys from my beach walks or when I walk along alleys and spot tossed out trash,” said architect/artist Ron Yeo. “You should see the smile on my face when I see that someone has tossed out a hand vacuum cleaner. They make great bird bodies. When I find something interesting – like a beach bucket or a plastic coffee can, it just speaks to me and says what it wants to become in its second life.”

People call repurposed art a variety of names – urban art, junk art, found art, trash art – but Yeo likes to call it FUN ART. After 56 years practicing architecture in Corona del Mar, he converted his office into an art studio. 

Jungle Junk critters made from repurposed trash Rain bow tweety

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“Rainbow tweety”

“Ron’s power to astonish and delight with found and collected items that were destined for the landfill or that will be washed out to the ocean and reimagine them with a new purpose as art deserves recognition,” added Sherman Gardens Director Scott LaFleur. 

Jungle Junk critters made from repurposed on display Fawkes the Phoenix

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“Fawkes the Phoenix”

Jungle Junk Critters is open to the public and free with garden admission.

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, and open daily from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Garden admission is $5. For more information, visit www.thesherman.org or call 949.673.2261.

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