Below are photos of the finished product of my three dimensional superpower animal which I have named a Bowark. I created my fantastical creature by fusing the physical qualities and manerisms of both a tiger shark and a bower bird to eradicate the social ill of ocean pollution. I was greatly inspired by Vic Muniz and his documentary and the honest yet impactful work of Jardim Gramacho’s Brazilian recycling workers. This inspiration guided me in choosing to create a fantastical creature with the ability to locate, sort, and dispose of trash found in the environment. After deciding on a social ill, I began brainstorming ideas of animals in nature who could be paired together to fix the problem. I knew that I would need an animal who could collect and sort the different trash into similar piles, an animal with the physique of a swimmer, an animal with a strong jaw and digestive system, and an animal with good eyesight to spot the trash. I decided on the tiger shark for its fins and tail to swim through the ocean, its tough as nails digestive system that has a large surface area for holding food and special enzyme and acid secretion to break down whatever it swallows, and its powerful jaw and teeth to crush and compress trash. I decided on the bower bird for its natural talent to sort objects into piles according to color and material, its birdlike eyesight, and its long beak to carefully retrieve trash. I then began the intricate process of deciding on the best materials to capture the above information about each animal. I was only given junk to build my Bowark so it was essential that the materials themselves did the talking about the disposition, behaviors, and personality of the creature. For the most part, I chose lots of metal to capture the strength and power of the Bowark since its job is to devour and digest large chunks of metal, rubber, and plastic. My materials include keys that resemble feathers for the body, a wooden clothes pin for the beak, a complex swirl of metal with a stone in the middle and tiny bits of metal throughout that resembles the digestive system, two crossed pieces of metal that resemble a tail, three metal paper clips that resemble fins, and half of a metal protractor that resembles the face of a bird. The assignment and process of collecting materials from everyday household objects further emphasized a point I previously stated in my midterm post. Art is all around us and thus art can be made from anything that meets the eye, including another man’s trash. While doing this assignment, I was also able to explore the idea of materials having the power to speak louder than words in order to visually convey meaning.