Recycled material helps create new art exhibit at EnviroHouse

Steel, milk carton paper, stone and glass have been salvaged or recycled by artists Danella Sydow and Sondra Shira to create works of art now on display through July 31 at the City of Tacoma EnviroHouse.

Sydow’s work reflects the natural elements in the ongoing cycle of nature, alluding to the later stages of the life cycle — erosion and expectant rebirth. Her relief paintings remind one of terrestrial forms such as rock formations, hills, mountains and valleys. Sydow creates her dynamic, large-scale forms and paintings by incorporating recycled and salvaged steel, milk carton paper, acrylic paint and rust.

Shira’s art is about life and how reality and illusion coexist. In her latest works, Phoenix Pole Sculptures, Shira uses “upcycled” materials to create elaborate 5- to 7-foot-tall sculptures. The metal stone and glass pieces are sprayed or hand painted with metal paint. Her paintings, made with oil paint on canvas and other recycled or salvaged material, showcase the connection that inhabits all of nature’s being — human and other.

Sydow and Shira will be available during the artists’ reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sun., June 13 at the City of Tacoma EnviroHouse (located at the Tacoma Landfill), 3510 S. Mullen St.

The EnviroHouse art exhibit rotates on a three-month cycle. The next call for art containing a minimum of 75 percent recycled or salvaged content will be issued in June. For more information about the art exhibit and the EnviroHouse, visit , or call (253) 573-2426.

The City of Tacoma EnviroHouse is a permanent model home showcasing green building and natural landscape ideas, materials and techniques to create a healthy home and planet. Featuring the latest advances in sustainable living, the EnviroHouse highlights readily available products for new and existing homes and yards. Visits by the general public and pre-arranged group tours are welcome during open hours.