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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003 11:13 am | Updated: 1:57 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Deborah Butterfield’s "Horse #2-85," a sculpture made of recycled industrial materials, is one of the Arizona State University Art Museum’s most popular pieces. On Saturday, kids will be invited to mimic Butterfield, and create art from things that might have otherwise been tossed in the trash.

It’s just one of the activities planned for the museum’s annual Family Fun Day.

Visitors to the free event can create vehicles to race on a magnetic car track, or make their own zoetrope, an early example of moving picture technology. Also on hand will be the Phoenix Family Museum activity bus, puppeteers and a magician.

The theme of this year’s Family Fun Day is "Gadgets and Gizmos," named after the museum’s summer family exhibit that features whimsical and complex pieces including handcarved wooden cuckoo clocks by Abel Barroso, along with Butterfield’s "Horse." The exhibit, and many of the event activities, explore the connection between art and science.

"Gadgets and Gizmos"

What: A family-friendly art experience

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Arizona State University Art Museum, 10th Street and Mill Avenue, Tempe

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 965-2787 or

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