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Maine Sunday Telegram Showcases Anna Hepler's Art, Outrage

Story posted February 17, 2009

Shreds of plastic retrieved from a recycling center are the material of Gyre, Visiting Assitant Professor Art Anna Hepler's installation at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine.

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Anna Hepler

The piece and the artist behind it are the focus of "Garbage, On a Grand Scale," the front page feature of the Audience section in the February 15, 2009, edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Read the article here.

Resembling a boat's hull, the piece is suspended from the ceiling.

Grua/O'Connell Faculty/Student Research Award

Another project paired Hepler with Norah Maki '09, who was the first recipient of the Grua/O'Connell Faculty/Student Research Award for students working closely with faculty.

The award was created by Peter J. Grua '76 and his wife Mary G. O'Connell '76 to support faculty-student research, regardless of discipline.

Read more about the Grua/O'Connell Faculty/Student Research Award.

The article reveals that Hepler was inspired when she began researching what's known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a huge area of debris in the North Pacific Ocean.

Hepler was horrified, says the article, when she read accounts of the estimated 100 million tons of trash that are carried by currents from Asia and North America.

"It's very disturbing, because plastic doesn't ever disappear," says Hepler.

"We have this great pile, this unbelievably large pile of plastic, and we have to figure out how to deal with it."

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