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.
Angela Haseltine Pozzi, founder and artistic director of the Washed Ashore Project.
Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action. Over the past six years, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.
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.