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Going Green at 5th and Main

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at 02:53PM
Pharmaka Ed Fuentes

Pharmaka's Shane Guffogg stands outside the gallery, located at 101 W. 5th street.

Pharmaka's current show may be the collection of Molly Barnes, but those who visited the gallery for last week's Art Walk or last night's Art Seen event got to check out a different kind of installation.

The gallery went recently green, the first of its kind in the U.S. According to Pharmaka's Shane Guffogg, the new LED lighting from “Green Touch” is saving 90% off the gallery's energy bill while leaving vibrant light for art.

A centerpiece of the environmentally-friendly installation is a giant fan with a 12 foot span. It runs completely silent and lets the air circulate through the entire gallery.

The gallery's furniture is made from post consumer (recycled) milk cartons and reclaimed teak wood, while the shelves and counter are made of cornhusk. Pharmaka's even started using environmentally-friendly floor sealer.

The gallery's eco buzz reached the Discovery Channel, who came in to shoot a piece on Pharmaka. It will be broadcasted on the show "Alter Eco" later in July.

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