A 1,600-pound parrot fish? A 6-foot puffin? Seaweed that sings when you touch it? See those and more at Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a limited-time special exhibition featuring larger-than-life sculptures of aquatic animals, created entirely from plastic beach debris.
From Dec. 2, 2017, through June 3, 2018, visitors can see these giant marine-inspired sculptures made entirely of plastic and other debris gathered from the ocean. These handmade pieces, ranging from 15 feet long and 10 feet wide to 7 feet long and 12 feet high, will fascinate and educate children, the young at heart and all those who seek creative solutions to environmental challenges.
Americans generate 4.4 pounds of trash per person daily, on average. Unfortunately, much of it ends up in the ocean. Plastic products in sea water can break down into tiny microplastics that may be swallowed by marine animals. Derelict fishing gear, such as monofilament line, can entangle or be ingested by animals such as sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life — causing injury or even death.
One of the 10 impressive sculptures – Grace the Humpback Whale Tail – has been on preview display at Mounts since mid-summer. Additional sculptures joining Grace for the exhibit include among others Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin and Lidia the Seal.The giant sculptures are located throughout the 14 acres of the Garden.
The exhibit has previously been on display at the Smithsonian Institute, the United Nations, Sea World, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the Denver Zoo and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
Through the months-long exhibition at Mounts, the Garden will host a series of site visits and educational opportunities for area school children, as well as several exhibit related events. Please visit the events calendar for a complete list.
Admission to WASHED ASHORE: Art to Save the Sea:
FREE for members and children 4 and under; $15 for nonmembers; $5 for children (5-12); group tours are $18 per person (5 and older).Tickets are available for purchase at the Garden’s main gate. To schedule a group tour (10 or more), call 561-233-1757.
The exhibit is graciously sponsored by:
About “Washed Ashore”: This non-profit community art project was founded by artist and educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010 and based in Bandon, Oregon. The project 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. Learn more about “Washed Ashore” at www.washedashore.org.