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Cardboard caverns

A complex undertaking

Exit onto Tweet Street

Science meets art

Reuse versus the landfill

Plain brown town

Corrugated monument

Rivery road trip

The "Welcome to WildCard" exhibit at San Francisco's Exploratorium museum uses plain brown cardboard to replicate a host of things, including caves complete with hanging bats and stalactites. The show runs from June 17 to Sept. 4.

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The installation required about 600 hours of labor, according to Jesse "Roadkill" Wilson, one of the seven artists from the Cardboard Institute of Technology collective who put the show together. 

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The exhibit has fun with a few recent memes. This "Hot Covfefe" sign mocks a recent Twitter post by President Donald Trump.

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"We realize that a lot of artists and a lot of scientists start in the same place – which is about observation, about noticing your world," says Robyn Higdon, the Exploratorium's director of museum experience. The museum works to bridge the perceived gap between art and science. 

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Plastic wrappers falling from a trash truck contrast harshly with the clean, creative and repurposed vibe of the overall installation. This small tableau makes a big statement, says Exploratorium Director of Museum Experience Robyn Higdon: Disrupt the waste stream, and reuse materials when you can.

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An entire village of cardboard. 

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"Cardhenge" is a play on Stonehenge. 

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One of the central themes of "Welcome to WildCard" is water. The exhibit reimagines Route 66 as a river, carrying travelers past various sights, such as motels and natural attractions. 

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