As many of you know, I’m from Texas. About the only good thing to do in Texas is to go to San Antonio, which is a 7 hour drive from where I live. That was one of the very reasons I decided to come to Mason. It’s right beside D.C. and there is so much to do! With work and school, it is hard to go on a mini vacation and map a day out in D.C., but it always ends up being worth it. A few weeks ago I went to visit the National Gallery of Art for my Art Philosophy class. I eventually slipped away from the group and went to visit the Hirshorn Modern Museum of Art. There, I discovered one of my coveted items of my youth was on display. Remember the early 2000’s trend of having a bag entirely made of reflective circles? Well, I loved that fad. And apparently so did the artist Nick Cave. My childhood purse was now a modern art sculpture! That opened my eyes to the idea of recycling in art. Now, this is by no means a new concept. To me, it just seemed like an abstract one. I was under the impression that you can only really use things like soda cans for art. The idea that only certain items can be reused is incorrect, especially in terms of modern art. I also think that it is important to note that there is probably more effective means of reusing than turning it into art. However, I do think that as odd as it is, it can take some waste from the cycle.