Folk Art honored at the San Francisco Ariport

Second Chances: Folk Art Made from Recycled Remnants Now on View at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO — Folk art made from recycled remnants demonstrates the adaptive nature of traditional crafts and the resourcefulness of artisans around the world.  In the absence of new or customary materials, craftspeople turn discarded scraps into objects of beauty, utility, and whimsy.

Second Chances, a new exhibition now on view at San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal 3, showcases many of the ingenious creations transformed from trash by artisans across the globe. The more than 200 objects on view include such inventive pieces as Senegalese scrap metal briefcases, Mexican license-plate dustpans, Moroccan water containers made from rubber tires, and colorful South African baskets made from telephone wire.  More fanciful, decorative objects range from a bird sculpture made from toilet paper mâché and magazines to an entire dress made from Mary Jane wrappers.  Images of built environments, such as Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers (c. 1921–1954), a complex of structures mostly built from discarded materials, are also on view.
The objects presented in the exhibition are on loan from the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, with additional objects provided by the Ames Gallery Berkeley, California. Photographer and designer Kelly Ludwig provided digital images for the exhibition.
Second Chances is on view in Terminal 3, Boarding Area F from January through June 2011. The exhibition is located post-security and is only accessible to passengers ticketed for travel through Terminal 3.
Images from the exhibition are available for download from
SFO Museum 
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