ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY WELCOMES THE NATIONAL RECYCLING COALITION TO PITTSBURGH WITH A RECYCLED FASHION DISPLAY AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 17, 2008) – The Allegheny County Airport Authority announces a new art exhibit at Pittsburgh International Airport that features fashions and accessories made from recyclables.
Environmental artist Nancy Judd calls the project, Recycle Runway. She designs and creates these fashions and, in the past, showed the items at fashion shows. She has shifted her focus to a different kind of runway and is exhibiting these items in airports, a means of reaching a larger audience to increase the awareness of environmental sustainability.
The timing of this show coincides with the National Coalition of Recycling Annual Conference, Sept 21-24 in Pittsburgh, where recycling and environmental leaders from North America will converge in Pittsburgh.
“Most of the conference attendees will be passing through the airport and have a chance to view this important exhibit. The Allegheny County Airport Authority is thrilled to be among the first to show these fashions and to promote environmental sustainability at Pittsburgh International Airport,” said JoAnn Jenny, Director, Communications, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The exhibit is part of Pittsburgh International Airport’s Art in the Airport Program. The Art in the Airport Program aims to collaborate with artists to promote public art, promote the region for tourism and enhance the airport environment for travelers. Judd’s one-of-a-kind, award-winning recycled fashions are on display from August 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.
The exhibit features a bulk mail fan skirt and a rusty nail dress in display cases in concourses C in the airside terminal. Shoes made out of recycled materials such as glass, nails and pop cans are on display in concourse D.
“My goal is to encourage people to reduce their environmental footprint by taking actions such as stopping unwanted junk mail” said Judd “ Every year 100 million trees are cut down to create these bulk mail solicitations, 44% of which are not even read and 65% are thrown away! An exhibit post-card is available at the airport that instructs people how to stop unwanted solicitations.”
Major sponsors include the Steel Recycling Institute, Littlearth Productions and the National Recycling Coalition. Community sponsors for the Pittsburgh International Airport Exhibit include: Allegheny County Health Department, Construction Junction, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham and Green Building Alliance.