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Indonesian Artist Sells Volcano Ash as Souvenirs to Raise Money for Victims of its Eruptions
Titues Libert, chairman of the organizing comitee of "Care for Merapi Art Work" shows a bottle containing volcanic ash from Mount Merapi at Indonesia Art Institute campus in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Dec. 13, 2010. The ash from the country's most volatile volcano is sold for $1 per bottle to raise money for victims of its eruptions that killed 386 people. Writings on the sticker say "Year 2010, DANGER, Composition: Merapi volcanic ash. Containing SiO2/silica, may cause severe damage to lungs, eyes and infection to respiratory system. AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP).- An Indonesian artist is selling tourist souvenirs of ash from the country's most volatile volcano to raise money for victims of its eruptions.

The English-language daily The Jakarta Globe reported Monday that Agus Budi Setiawan is selling volcano souvenirs — small clear bottles containing volcanic ash — for $1 per bottle.

The bottles feature packaging with an illustration of Mount Merapi. The volcano on Java island has killed 386 people since bursting back to life in late October and forced more than 17,000 to flee.

Setiawan works at the Art Institute of Indonesia in Yogyakarta, the nearest city to the volcano. He was quoted as saying that he had collected more than US$2,000 by selling the souvenirs in ten days and will give all the money to the victims.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

The Jakarta Globe | Art Institute of Indonesia | Jakarta |

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