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Second Nature at the Philadelphia Zoo

Art exhibition highlighting endangered species with unconventional materials

Second Nature

Come face-to-face with a 13-foot-tall gorilla constructed from car doors. Credit: T. Scheid for Visit Philadelphia


April 11-October 31, 2015


The Philadelphia Zoo is getting a few rare additions in 2015. A dozen artists from around the world are creating ingenious and larger-than-life sculptures of endangered animals using recycled, reusued and repurposed materials for Second Nature: Junk Rethunk.

Spark plugs, cardboard, chewing gum and serving plates are just a few of the unorthodox items used to create the artistic installations displayed throughout the zoo.

Visitors can gaze at a striking 35-foot-tall, 9,000-bound tree laden with butterflies and flowers created with items ranging from car parts to kitchen tools. While walking through the zoo, you’ll spot a 13-foot-tall, blue gorilla made of car parts and a nine-foot-tall gorilla constructed entirely of cardboard.

Crocodiles may be intimidating in nature, but what if they were made entirely of chewing gum? Second Nature aims to get visitors thinking about the small things we can do in our daily lives to make a world of difference for endangered animals and habitats.

Second Nature is included with general admission to the Philadelphia Zoo. For more information on Second Nature and participating artists, click the button below.

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