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Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Seas

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Seas

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, July 13, 2016/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine life, sustainability, art and design, environment

                Henry the Fish installation (credit: Washed Ashore)

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

The ongoing volume of trash dumped into the global oceans has now created vast gyres of floating 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, and seabirds 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 genesis of 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. The oceans could use a lot of positive action from everyone.

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