Washed Ashore Has Art to Save the Sea

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, visited the Denver Zoo.   Washed Ashore, a non profit organization, has displayed 15 works of art at our zoo.   These works of art are all completely made from garbage collected from beaches.   Washed Ashore’s mission is the use the arts to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and to spark positive changes in consumer habits.   This is Lidia The Seal.

Lidia the Seal

Lidia the Seal

Lidia is one of 15 works on display.   Meet Rufus the Triggerfish.

Rufus the Triggerfish

Rufus the Triggerfish

There are 40 species of triggerfish swimming in oceans throughout the world.   This “American Star” was created from red, white and blue to bring attention to plastics used in Independence Day celebrations (July 4) in the United States.

The "American Sea Star"

The “American Sea Star”

Nora the Salmon is big.

Nora the Salmon

Nora the Salmon

We like this turtle, also.

Tortoise

Tortoise

One of the favorites is See More the Sea Lion Pup.

See More the Sea Lion Pup

See More the Sea Lion Pup

Sea Lions are curious and often get tangled in trash.    Chompers the Shark reminds us that sharks try to eat most of what they encounter.

Chompers the Shark

Chompers the Shark

Scientists say that tiger sharks have been found with tires, license plates and plastic debris in their stomachs.   Humans, stop feeding your trash to animals!    Gertrude the Penguin sits in front of the Denver Zoo’s Bird World.

Gertrude the Penguin

Gertrude the Penguin

Gertrude even had an older model cell phone on her beak.   Natasha the Turtle, made of garbage,  is laying on a pile of garbage.

Natasha the Turtle

Natasha the Turtle

Sea turtle have been swimming through the world’s oceans for 100 million years.   A large threat to sea turtles is plastic bags.   Plastic bags often are mistaken for jellyfish and are eaten by turtles.   Each sculpture lists some of the trash used.   We saw chairs, coolers, sport balls, umbrella handles, flip flop shoes, toys and much more.   Plastic water bottles, plastic lids and plastic bags were so common.   Humans, try to do better.   And, if you are on the beach and see trash, pick it up and put it in trash containers.   Flash the Marlin is the last work of art from garbage that we will show you today.

Flash the Marlin

Flash the Marlin

Marlin even has toothbrushes, beer cans and a toilet seat.   There are more sculptures at the zoo and we hope you go to see them.   They are interesting and great to see, but remember where all these building materials were found.   Washed Ashore has 54 works of art that travel around the country to teach ducks and humans to be careful.   For more information visit http://www.WashedAshore.org  This display will be at the Denver Zoo until January 16, 2017.   We hope you go to the Denver Zoo to see the animals and the Washed Ashore exhibits.

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4 thoughts on “Washed Ashore Has Art to Save the Sea

    • I agree. Beautiful but too much trash in oceans. We and our friends do our best to never add to the trash, and appreciate the effort by Washed Ashore to clean the beaches, make sculptures and teach us all. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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