I had an incredible time on our road trip this past weekend. Visiting Niagara Falls has been on my bucket list for a while now, so naturally I was thrilled when our group agreed to an afternoon adventure. There probably aren't adequate words to describe the Falls. It sounds silly, but it was a lot larger in scale than I had expected. I've seen waterfalls before, but nothing of this magnitude. The sheer amount of water cascading over the side of the cliff put me in awe of nature. And of course, the ice cream stop we made before our ride back made for the perfect afternoon.

The trip reminded me how remarkable our National Parks can be, and how worthwhile it is to preserve them. I thought back to these pieces I had seen by Judith and Richard Lang, created from plastic objects found on the Point Reyes National Seashore. I was drawn to the colorful collections and weathered look of the plastic. Yet I'm still amazed that something so beautiful can stem from what is essentially litter. 

The artists explain that their work allows viewers to make a personal connection with the piece. Sometimes the plastic objects are things that the viewer owned previously, thus provoking thought on where things go when they're "thrown away." They also led guided tours in which the general public could search for objects on the beach. These could later be assembled at a "creation station." It's a nice reminder to take a second thought when pitching something in a trash can—perhaps it belongs on the wall instead.

To learn more about the work of RIchard Lang and Judith Selby Lang visit their website One Beach Plastic.

Images via RIchard Lang and Judith Selby Lang of  One Beach Plastic

Images via RIchard Lang and Judith Selby Lang of One Beach Plastic