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Found Art: Just Like Diamonds, Plastics Are Forever

Cheese spreaders from packaged lunches, milk jug lids, disposable lighters: it's all free art supplies to the Langs.

Judith and Richard Lang have been combing their local beach in Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California since 1999, collecting the plastic debris of our daily lives: cheese spreaders form those packaged lunches, milk jug lids, disposable lighters. They cart home this junk, clean and categorize it, and finally transform it into gorgeous assemblages. It's meticulous, artisanal up-cycling and it's both beautiful and sad. The Langs have an exhibit running currently at the San Francisco Public Library and GOOD caught up with Judith recently to talk about her process and where all those plastic cigar tips come from.

GOOD: How did you select plastic flotsam as your primary material?

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