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Going to the dogs

Kagan's sculpture is made from re-used wire from a scrap yard and a handle from an old file.

Dougherty said the sculptures, in addition to being environmentally friendly, provide children with educational opportunities to learn about bolts, wires and pipes " materials used in many of the sculptures.

"America has a long tradition of artists making art from found objects; non-traditional materials; cast-off parts and recycled materials as well as more traditional methods of creativity. One has only to think of the work of Louise Nevelson, John Chamberlain, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark DiSuvero, Richard Stankiewicz and others, to name a few," according to the curator's statement. "The artists represented in this exhibition are also dedicated to exploring ideas which inspire them to create compelling objects through the utilization of non-traditional methods and materials."

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