We Create Art to Save the Sea!

Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits.



Published: July 12, 2016

Turning Plastic Ocean Pollution Into Sea-saving Art

At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, a massive exhibit made entirely of plastic pollution fished from the Pacific is on display. Called “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea,” it features 17 sculptures, from jellyfish to shark. The lesson? The ocean’s deadliest predator is trash. NewsHour’s Julia Griffin pays the plastic sea creatures a visit.

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Smithsonian Museum Featured Exhibit

Washed Ashore sculpture “Turtle Ocean” on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

“Turtle Ocean” features an endangered hawksbill turtle swimming over a colorful 12 foot coral reef and is featured in the museum’s Sant Ocean Hall. Watch Angela Haseltine Pozzi create the art piece in her studio.

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Learn the facts.

Plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways is a global crisis. Each year, sea birds, whales, seals, sea turtles and other marine life die after ingesting or becoming entangled in plastic.

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It’s our mission to build public awareness about marine debris and how individuals and groups can make a difference. Your donation can help support our workshops and educational programs, including the development of the Washed Ashore Curriculum.

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Community members of all ages work together to clean up our beaches and process the debris into art supplies to construct giant sculptures of the sea life most affected by plastic pollution. This has resulted in thousands of pounds of debris removed from local beaches and turned into works of art. These unique art pieces are part of a traveling exhibition that includes educational signage and programs that encourage reducing, refusing, reusing, repurposing and recycling.

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