Bridging two fields that frequently are in the news at Princeton – the arts and sustainability – the University’s first “trash sculpture contest”   challenged members of the campus community and area residents to construct entries of materials that otherwise would have been ­recycled or discarded.

Among the 34 entries showcased Nov. 16 as part of the University’s Sustainability Open House were a 7-foot-tall jellyfish, right, created by members of the Liu family of Princeton, and a ­­foil-faced Statue of Liberty, ­submitted by the ­Cranbury School and the Keve family. Rules called for artwork to be created by teams that included at least one child 12 or younger and an adult; cash prizes were awarded to the sustainability program of the winner’s choice.