To celebrate the company’s upcoming 100-year anniversary, designers from Oakland-based household products manufacturer Clorox have turned dozens of its iconic bleach bottles into artistic works. On Wednesday afternoon, the company kicked off an exhibition of these works at Oakland City Center to present the public with an alternative usage of what otherwise would be thrown away.

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In 2005, Elijah Adams, a 10-year-old North Oakland boy, died from meningococcal disease, an often-deadly form of bacterial meningitis. Just a year earlier, 20-year-old UC Berkeley women’s basketball player Alisa Marie Lewis had gone to the emergency room early in the morning complaining of a severe headache, rash and flu-like symptoms. By the afternoon she was dead from the same disease.

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