Scholastic News Online / September 1, 2016
Turning Trash Into Art
A sea turtle named Herman, an octopus called Octavia, and a seal named Lidia all spent this summer at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. But unlike the zoo’s other residents, they are not real animals. These creatures are actually huge sculptures—and they’re made entirely out of plastic trash from the ocean.
The Villager / September 28, 2016
CH2M sponsors Octavia, 850-pound octopus sculpture at Denver Union Station
Denver Zoo announced CH2M as the presenting sponsor of its new traveling exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” at Denver Union Station, where the Zoo installed an 850-pound octopus sculpture to celebrate. Washed Ashore opened to the public on September 24, featuring 15 giant sculptures of marine life at the Zoo made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches.
The Sierra Club / September 10, 2016
The Art of Saving Oceans
This September, a shark, a parrot fish, a sea lion pup, a jellyfish, and a giant anemone will occupy the U.S. State Department for a couple of days. That’s not because the nation’s foreign ministry is relaxing its security standards. The animals are sculptures, which Oregon-based artist Angela Pozzi and her team of volunteers constructed completely out of plastic litter they retrieved from Oregon beaches.
Smithsonian.com / June 6, 2016
There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbage
Standing beside her several-times-life-sized sculpture “Sebastian James the Puffin,” one of 17 of her works installed at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Angela Pozzi talked about the puffin’s namesake. She created the work the same year her father James died.”He’s very dignified like my dad,” Pozzi says of the puffin, who stands on a base of just the sort of entangled fishing gear that claims the lives of many ocean birds. The birds also often fatally mistake plastic trash for food, a label beside the sculpture notes.
Smithsonian Insider / July 10, 2016
Beautiful plastic sculptures tell ugly story of human garbage in the ocean
Great white sharks, killer whales, sea lions, even polar bears—the ocean is full of giant predators. But one of the ocean’s worst enemies is not part of the natural habitat or food pyramid: trash.
The Washington Post / May 24, 2016
Ocean trash turned into a thing of beauty
Flash the marlin is a fine fish and a fine piece of trash. Standing just outside the National Zoo’s visitor center, he is poised, mouth open, to make a splash in a wave of turquoise fishing nets and clear plastic bottles. His gills, made from toilet seats, are rather dirty; his long bill, narrowing to a point that seems sharp enough to pierce a small fish — or at least a plastic trash bag — is made from three fishing rods.
Enchanting marine sculptures made from washed ashore plastic
CNN / September 2, 2016
Field Trip – Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea at the National Zoo
Sustainable Cities Collective / June 10, 2016
13 Artists Who Turned Ocean Trash Into Amazing Art
Time / Jume 8, 2016
Don’t Miss Washed Ashore At Brevard Zoo
Zoo Nation / April 10, 2016
Sculptures Made From Trash Raise Awareness of Beach Waste
Mental Floss / October 22, 2015
A stunning (and disturbing) exhibit
BBC / June 1, 2014