Reduce Reuse Recycle is the latest exhibit to be featured in the Werner Family Art Gallery in the Upper School. The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 20, explores our relationships with products and resources, and raises awareness of how materials like plastics affect the environment. It features an eco-art sculpture, called 1500 Bottles a Second, which depicts a large bottle pouring “water” constructed from individual bottles. The sculpture was created by Lower School and Middle School students out of 1,500 water bottles, which represents the number of single-use plastic water bottles that are thrown away every second in the United States.
The students were assisted by USM’s visual arts teachers Christina Dresang, Sarah Markwald, Jessica Michels, and Priscilla Woods, and Melanie Ariens, multi-media artist and environmental advocate, and the exhibit also features some of Ariens' work. She is the current artist in residence for Milwaukee Water Commons, planning and facilitating creative, water-inspired art experiences for local water leaders and community groups.