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Plastics as art

Art project highlights problems with plastics
By Colin Murphey

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 5, 2018 8:07AM

Helen Liu makes adjustments to her art installation, which hung in the Liberty Theatre during a concert performance over the weekend.

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Helen Liu makes adjustments to her art installation, which hung in the Liberty Theatre during a concert performance over the weekend.

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Members of the audience take to the stage in the Liberty Theatre Sunday to get a closer look at an art installation by Helen Liu.

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Members of the audience take to the stage in the Liberty Theatre Sunday to get a closer look at an art installation by Helen Liu.

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Artist Helen Liu, right, begins the process of taking down her backdrop and cutting it into pieces for members of the audience to take home as a souvenir.

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Artist Helen Liu, right, begins the process of taking down her backdrop and cutting it into pieces for members of the audience to take home as a souvenir.

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An art installation made from plastic bags serves as a backdrop during a concert performance at the Liberty Theatre.

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An art installation made from plastic bags serves as a backdrop during a concert performance at the Liberty Theatre.

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Helen Liu makes some last-minute adjustments to her backdrop before it was hung in the Liberty Theatre.

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Helen Liu makes some last-minute adjustments to her backdrop before it was hung in the Liberty Theatre.

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Members of the audience get a close view of an art installation after a concert Sunday in Astoria.

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Members of the audience get a close view of an art installation after a concert Sunday in Astoria.

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Helen Liu’s painting wasn’t made to last, unlike the materials she used to make the piece.

Constructed using plastic bags that might otherwise have been headed to a landfill, Liu sewed and taped them together and then painted her unusual canvas to make a dramatic backdrop for a concert at the Liberty Theatre on Sunday.

And after the show, the installation came down and was cut into pieces for the audience to take home as souvenirs. Liu has been an artist in the area for decades after settling in Oregon in 1977. One of her goals with the piece was to try and raise awareness of the prevalence of plastics and the problems they pose when they are discarded. she said.











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