This awesome heron statue stands in the Mary E. Theler Wetlands of Belfair, Washington. Metal sculpture decorates numerous areas of the park, which contains a variety of restored marsh areas at the beginning of the Hood Canal. Aluminum tags form this work of art, looking like a mass of shiny feathers.
Aluminum primarily comes from Bauxite. Hydrated aluminum oxide and hydrated iron oxide form Bauxite, a sedimentary rock, generally flat-lying and covering miles of area. It is usually obtained through open pit mining (Harris 2011), which leaves scars less than beautiful than this sculpture.
However, these tags produced a thing of beauty. Although the United States does obtain aluminum from other countries, much of their aluminum is made from recycled sources. So, who knows? Maybe that is a thing of beauty as well, eh?
Park website: http://www.thelercenter.org/wetlands/index2.php
2011 HowStuffWorks Mining and Refining Aluminum. Electronic document, http://science.howstuffworks.com/aluminum2.htm, accessed May 15, 2011.
Aluminum Heron by Shari Maria Silverman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.