Cups at Temple Gallery make fracking debate easier to grasp

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Jennie Shanker, a sculptor and an instructor at Temple's Tyler School of Art, is turning Marcellus Shale into coffee cups. Shanker is working with the shale — a source of natural gas extracted through a controversial process known as fracking — in order to bring the issues associated with the rocks down to a more personal level. "By making a cup, it puts the whole situation in direct relation to…your body," she said. "You have to decide, is it safe to drink this stuff?" The cups are on display at Temple Gallery.