Look closely. These sculptures are made entirely from garbage found along the beach.
A traveling art exhibit by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, now at our National Zoo, educates visitors about one of the biggest enemies to the ocean today: trash.
Pozzi and her volunteers with the Washed Ashore Project collected discarded plastic from beaches on the West Coast, which she transformed into beautiful sculptures that tell an ugly story. The 17 larger-than-life pieces represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in our oceans today.
“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” will be at the Zoo through Sept. 5.
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“A first row seat on beaches along Peninsula Valdes Argentina, brings with it an adrenaline packed experience with Mother Nature unplugged. It is here in Patagonia where Orcas have learned the unique skill of intentionally stranding themselves on the beach to catch sea lion pups.” Photograph by Bill Klipp