UT students turn scrap metal into art

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For the fourth year in a row, sculptures from University of Tennessee students are on display. The exhibit is called “The Art of Recycling.”

The project started in January. Students went to Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill where employees helped them sort through scraps. The students took home more than 3,500 pounds of metal and transformed them into beautiful sculptures.

“It’s definitely dirty work. I mean you’re going through thousands of very rusty and oil covered metal, but I mean that’s half the fun for me. i don’t mind getting my hands a little dirty,” said artist Thomas Colabella. 

“And the work they have to put into it, cause these parts are not really designed to go together and they’re not designed to become art. It’s a form of recycling we don’t think about,” said Johnny Miller with Gerdau.

The exhibit will be on display until April 22 on the Clinch Concourse of the Knoxville Convention Center.

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