Artists from Sculpture Space in Utica were at Empire Recycling on Friday to celebrate Earth Day.

Eight artists gathered salvaged scrap materials they'll use to create unique pieces of art.

In the past, artists have made pieces from discarded aluminum, steel and copper and objects like trumpets, chains and tubing.

Steven Kowalsky, President of Empire Recycling said, “We have partnered with and supported Sculpture Space for over 40 years and this is one of our signature efforts together.  They take scrap from our yard – discarded objects we get in every day – and make stunning pieces of artwork.The very nature of our business is recycling and reuse
and these artists represent a new dimension for us."

Empire is working with a local videographer to produce a short documentary video on the Empire Earth Day event

The art created by the artists will be featured at Sculpture Space's 29th annual CHAIRty Art Auction on September, 29th.

The pieces will be auctioned off and will benefit artists’ programs at Sculpture Space.

Luke Tubia, TSM