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The invisible connectedness of things: There's something in the air in Boulder

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Boulder's EcoArts puts on art shows that go heavy on the green, while mixing everything up into something that the community can touch and feel and -- hopefully -- get, because there's a message to be found in the midst of all the ecological hullabaloo. The invisible connectedness of things, which opens today at the CU Museum of Natural History, is just such an exhibition. A melding of art, science and the variable of transportation, the installation by Kim Abeles, with support from the museum, EcoArts, Envirotest, Manhattan Middle School and Spark: UCAR, examines the effect of transportation choices on the quality of the very air that Boulderites breathe.

Abeles took images of what she calls "footprints of the sky" by using stencils on plates to collect traces of smog (many smog plates were also created by students at Manhattan). The exhibit, which also includes a video wall projecting local lichen images, as well as sculpture, photography and other means of making a point, opens today and runs through August 8.

Abeles will give a talk at a 6 p.m. reception on February 2; for details about this and other scheduled events in conjunction with the show, visit the CU Museum website.

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