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Wildlife group puts down plan to wrap up islands

By Compiled From Wire Services Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Anne Collier / January 7, 1983


Environmentalists, angry over a plan by pop artist Christo to wrap 10 islands in Biscayne Bay in pink fabric, have decided to strike back. They plan to cover the Dade County Courthouse with flamingo-pink garbage bags. ''This project is the first environmental art protest plan to ever happen, '' said Jack Kassewitz Jr., head of the National Wildlife Rescue Team.

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Christo has obtained permission to wrap 10 uninhabited islands in 5 million square feet of pink polypropylene fabric this spring. The artist plans to spend as much as $1 million on his ''Surrounded Islands'' project. Mr. Kassewitz says the project will harm island wildlife.