Art installation changing perception of waterfront city

A public art exhibit in Camden, New Jersey is creating scenic views while spreading an important message about the environment.

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A new public art exhibit in Camden, New Jersey is creating scenic views while spreading an important message about the environment. Karen Rodgers has the story in this week's "6ABC Loves the Arts".

KAREN RODGERS: A New View Camden features six public art structures around Camden.

KRIS KOLLURI: We want to make sure that the art is a means by which we change the perception of the city.

KAREN RODGERS: These reclaimed locations raise awareness while also creating parklike destinations in the city.

KRIS KOLLURI: Where people can come and enjoy the space as well as the art.

KAREN RODGERS: Turntable is a wind-powered globe that uses waste to create art while revisiting Camden's rich history.

AMANDA SCHACHTER: We're kind of bringing the two things together.

KAREN RODGERS: It's a nod to RCA Records history in the city and Windmill Island, which was instrumental in commerce in the 18th century.

AMANDA SCHACHTER: Revive Camden's discarded history.

KAREN RODGERS: The structure is made of recycled plastic and the dome weaves hundreds of masks.

AMANDA SCHACHTER: It's the discarded plastic of this year. I think everybody can relate to it.

KAREN RODGERS: Along the route you'll find a colossal robot nicknamed "The Collector", a gigantic panther protector, a garden with mealworms that eat styrofoam, and a clay park.

DONNA DODSON: This is the site of a former incinerator.

KAREN RODGERS: Artists Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein are known as the mythmakers.

ANDY MOERLEIN: The sculpture behind us is made out of bamboo.

KAREN RODGERS: It's called The Phoenix Festival.

DONNA DODSON: The myth of the phoenix is that it's magical bird that's reborn every 500 years.

KAREN RODGERS: They hope to convey a similar message about Camden.

KRIS KOLLURI: This is really about reclaiming our environment.

KAREN RODGERS: A New View Camden is free and open to the public through October. You can find a map to all six locations at 6abc.com/lovesthearts. For "6ABC Loves the Arts", I'm Karen Rogers.