The Chron has a great, in depth piece on the The Conservatory of FlowersGolden Gate Express Garden Railway show that we featured last month.

The article goers into great detail on exactly what discarded items (aka garbage) folks from SF Recycling’s Artist in Residence program used to construct the SF landmarks featured in the model railway. Such as:

The “Painted Ladies“: cereal boxes
Palm trees: pencils with tillandsias on top
City Hall: dome is a colander decorated with Muni tokens, front steps a computer keyboard

Palace of Fine Arts: magnifier boxes and mineral specimens from science kits

Fire Engine Building 37: the roof is a Pong circuit board, old rulers are baseboards, bullet shells are light sconces, 35-millimeter slide frames are windows

AT&T Park: shower racks

You can check out the railway during Conservatory hours until April 18, see more details here.

Photos and video: Tim Ehhalt

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