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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