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September 14, 2012
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A man approaches artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s SOL Grotto exhibit at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The bankrupt solar company Solyndra has become a rallying point for conservatives who hold up the California firm as a symbol of the Obama administration’s failed economic policies. Now hundreds of glass rods custom made for Solyndra solar panels have found new life as an art installation at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Eva-Marie Morrish looks at artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s SOL Grotto exhibit at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The bankrupt solar company Solyndra has become a rallying point for conservatives who hold up the California firm as a symbol of the Obama administration’s failed economic policies. Now hundreds of glass rods custom made for Solyndra solar panels have found new life as an art installation at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Chiu photo

Solyndra glass tubes are shown in artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s SOL Grotto exhibit at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The bankrupt solar company Solyndra has become a rallying point for conservatives who hold up the California firm as a symbol of the Obama administration’s failed economic policies. Now hundreds of glass rods custom made for Solyndra solar panels have found new life as an art installation at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jeff Chiu photo

A mosquito rests on a Solyndra glass tube in artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello’s SOL Grotto exhibit at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. The bankrupt solar company Solyndra has become a rallying point for conservatives who hold up the California firm as a symbol of the Obama administration’s failed economic policies. Now hundreds of glass rods custom made for Solyndra solar panels have found new life as an art installation at the University of California, Berkeley.