MonthOctober 2010

Hispanic Heritage Month: Transforming obsolete objects into art

A collection of crushed plastic bottles lay in a pile. Each discarded SEI-brand container resembles a 19th century soldier’s canteen. Back then, each canteen held water — a refreshing and prized commodity for any soldier engrossed in grueling combat. At first glance today, each bottle is merely a piece of empty, mangled plastic. In the eyes of Juana Valdes, however, each bottle is an essential component of a work of art.

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Sometimes cartoons make life seem so much easier. Like when a character is faced with a tough decision and two little guys show up on his shoulders. One an angel, and one a little devil, and both offer some advice. All the character has to do is choose whichever he feels is best and then do it. The little guys disappear and come back whenever another crucial decision is approached.

Okay, let her in

Forget the wimpy vampires in “Twilight” who glitter in the sunlight and recite poetry. “Let Me In’s” young blood-drinker burns alive in the sun and would rather rip your throat out than hear Shakespeare. But, c’mon guys, she’s hungry.