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Ypsilanti Glass Artist Uses Art To Connect With The Community With A 'Take Art Leave Art' Idea

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Shawn Bungo
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Glass artist Shawn Bungo lives in Ypsilanti, where he created a neighborhood art exchange similar to the little libraries you see in some areas.

He talks with Lisa Barry about his idea and how it has helped him connect with his neighbors in the currently recommended, socially distanced way.

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Shawn Bungo

Shawn Bungo puts some of his handmade glass work in the display on the front lawn of his Ypsilanti home in exchange for other works of art left by neighbors.  Similar to the little libraries, artists trade out a piece they created and exchange it for another person's art.

Bungo says the neighborhood art exchange has been a huge hit and says it is a great way to connect with the community and meet his neighbors.   He said one person went on his website and saw a picture of his dog.  They created an artistic picture of the dog and left it for him as part of an art exchange.

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Artwork by Bungo Glass

He says, so far, no one has taken advantage of the idea.

Bungo Glass can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.

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Artwork by Bungo Glass

  

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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