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Washed Ashore

Washed Ashore

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, June 24, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, art and design, environment

                Henry the Fish installation (credit: Washed Ashore)

The Washed Ashore Project, uses art installations to highlight the plight of the world's oceans. Using only discarded plastic bags, bottles, and cups that contaminate the seas and harm wildlife, the artists hope to spark changes in consumer habits regarding trash and the marine world.

The ongoing volume of plastic dumped into the global oceans has now created vast gyres of floating trash pollution. The plastic can disintegrate into tiny pieces or microscopic sized bits that can enter the food chain. When ingested by marine mammals, turtles, fish, seabirds, and whales it can impair their ability to feed, reproduce, or kill them outright. Fish eating the dissolved plastic, produced from petro-chemicals that can act as endochrine disrupters, will concentrate the molecules in their tissues which can then be consumed by people when eating seafood.


                   World Gyre Map (credit: Wikipedia)                     Anomone Installation (credit: Washed Ashore Project)

Washed Ashore founder Angela Haseltine Pozzi explains the art project and the impact it has had when seen on tour:

Environmental action takes many forms and art is an excellent way to connect with people and educate. The oceans could use a lot of positive action from folks right now.



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