Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

My latest assignment at Los Angeles Times brings glee to the uber-conscientious environmental voice in me. In her studio, nothing goes to waste. Somehow, she transforms discarded plastics into beautiful objects with a subtle eco message. 
Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Craig Nakano
Published: 24 July 2013 (in print 27 July), Los Angeles Times

Gladys, a life-size elephant with a vacuum cleaner hose for its trunk, is part of Los Angeles artist Cynthia Minet's animal caravan at Los Angeles International Airport's Tom Bradley terminal. (Panic Studio, Los Angeles / April 19, 2013)
A glowing red elephant, two blue-green oxen and an orange and pink camel trudge beside passengers as they exit the Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley Terminal. Closer inspection of the life-size sculptures reveals the elephant’s trunk to be a vacuum cleaner hose, an ox’s yoke to be the handle of a baby carrier and the camel’s hump to be a mixing bowl.

These are just some of Los Angeles sculptor Cynthia Minet’s raw materials, which when lighted by LEDs, suddenly take on an arresting glow. [read more]


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