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Washed Ashore’s mission is to create powerful artistic experiences to educate a global audience about marine debris and spark positive changes in consumer habits.  Made completely of plastic debris collected from beaches, their colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in the oceans today.

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” was the first art exhibit at the Smithsonian National Zoo from May 27th through September 5th 2016 sponsored in part by Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Wild Rivers Coast Alliance.  Seventeen sculptures were displayed while an additional piece was concurrently installed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

“The National Zoo—America’s zoo—has given us a global platform to present our art to educate a world audience about how plastic pollution is posing a dangerous and perhaps catastrophic threat to the world’s oceans and sea life,” said Angela Haseltine Pozzi, the lead artist and Executive Director of Washed Ashore.

WRCA provided funding for Washed Ashore to have an exhibit at the June 2017 United Nations conference at the UN Headquarters in New York City.  The United Nations Conference, Our Ocean, was focused on the Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

To read more about Washed Ashore at the UN conference check out this blog post by Bandon Dunes Golf Resort:  https://www.bandondunesgolf.com/blog/washed-ashore-un

The year 2016 was Washed Ashore’s sixth year in operation, and thousands of volunteers have processed over 28,000 pounds of garbage collected from more than 300 miles of coastline to create over 65 sculptures. Located in downtown Bandon, Oregon, these volunteers process and convert the collected debris into art supplies which Pozzi transforms into sculptures of marine life.

Check out Washed Ashore on PBS News Hour! 

Additional exhibits have been held at zoos and aquariums around the nation including San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio, Orlando, Washington D.C., Virginia Beach and Mystic, Connecticut.  Washed Ashore has a presence at multiple national conferences including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Washed Ashore also developed a marine debris curriculum that guides teacher workshops at various exhibit sites and is used by an experiential learning program for local students in Bandon, Oregon.  Wild Rivers Coast Alliance has provided much-needed financial support for the Washed Ashore Project to operate in Bandon and to travel across the country with its art and educational exhibits.

WRCA funded the refurbishment and remodeling of Washed Ashore’s mascot, Henry the Fish.  Henry can be seen in Old Town Bandon, luring travelers off Highway 101 to explore all the sites of Old Town Bandon-by-the-Sea.

“Washed Ashore involves thousands of people, all coming together to save the sea. We are a tangible illustration that “Every Action Counts!” – Angela Haseltine-Pozzi, Founder and Executive Director

First Year in Operation (2011) Fourth Year in Operation (2014) Sixth Year in Operation (2016)
• 1,000+ volunteers participated • 10,000+ volunteers participated • 12,500+ volunteers participated
• 1,000+ students involved • 8,000+ students involved • 9,300+ students involved
• 18 sculptures created • 30 sculptures created • 65+ sculptures created
• 3+tons of debris processed • 15+ tons of debris processed • 38,000+ pounds of debris processed
• 1.0+ million people viewed the exhibits • 15+ million people viewed the exhibits • 20,000,000+ people viewed the exhibits


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