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  1. It has been three years since Vick decided to give new life to old waste materials by re-creating them into sculptures and installations.
  2. It is three years since Vick decided to give new life to old waste materials by re-creating them into sculptures and installations.

Which sentence sound natural to you, native speakers?

Thank you very much

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    Both is and has been are fine. Recreating X into Y, however, is dubious: Vick does not re-create the materials, he casts already created materials into new forms. I would use a different verb, such as shaping or reshaping – StoneyB Jul 18 '14 at 16:06
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(1) is probably more natural, and is certainly more general. (2) seems to emphasize the present-historic tense to the extreme - I will definitely expect to be right there in the room in which this statement is true, in the following sentences.

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Both are correct, mean exactly the same thing and sound natural.
It's been ages since I last saw him.
It's ages since I last saw him.

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