The Philadelphia Zoo just got a few rare additions for 2015.
The newest members of the zoo’s animal family aren’t cuddly koalas, exotic birds or playful penguins — they’re larger-than-life sculptures made from recycled, reused and repurposed materials.
Spark plugs, cardboard, chewing gum and serving plates are just a few of the unorthodox items used to create sculptures like a 9,000-pound, butterfly-laden tree; a 13-foot-tall blue gorilla; and even an alligator — which is made from 200 pounds of chewing gum.
The exhibit is made up of 12 works from a dozen renowned artists hailing from around the world — places like Rome, Rotterdam, Montreal, Queensland and, of course, Philadelphia — each of whom executed a unique vision.
While it is made up of individual works, as a whole Second Nature tells a story about the connection between endangered species and human behavior, and aims to get visitors thinking about the small things we can do in our daily lives to make a world of difference for endangered animals and habitats.
Perhaps best of all, the zoo-wide exhibition is included with the regular price of admission, making art appreciation almost second nature to every visitor.
Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo
($20 for adults, $18 for kids 2-11, free for members and kids under 2)