If you are interested in being creative and helping the environment you might want to check out Washed Ashore.org. I ran across this organization a few weeks ago when my husband and I were traveling through southern Oregon. We stopped to do a little sight seeing in the coastal town of Bandon. The plan was to grab some lunch and possibly go through some art galleries. As we were searching for a parking spot for our truck and rv, I spotted some very unique sculptures on display. I made a mental note to go look at them more closely. I had no idea at the time what they were all about.
So we walked a few blocks to view these marine debris sculptures. If you look closely at the photo above you can probably make out some of the items that were used to make Henry the Fish. Most of what you are seeing is plastic. After photographing these giant sculptures, we made our way to the Washed Ashore.org headquarters, gallery, and gift shop. It is located at the Harbortown Events Center, 325 2nd Avenue, Bandon, Oregon. I was amazed and impressed at the exhibit.
Washed Ashore is a trade-marked 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is sponsored by The Artula Institute for Arts & Environmental Education. The Washed Ashore Project builds large art sculptures of sea life made from plastic marine debris. These sculptures are gaining world wide attention and can be seen on exhibit at Sea World March 2014 through September 2015.
A quote on the Washed Ashore brochure states the mission of the group, “To Provide Opportunities to Express and Teach Environmental Issues Through the Arts.” There are many ways to get involved to help the Washed Ashore Project. The first thing to do is to educate yourself about the problems of using plastics and then cut back on your use of them.
Secondly, you can clean up trash whenever and wherever you see it. Other things to do are: Donate to Washed Ashore.org, start a satellite project in your community or volunteer. Local volunteers can help wash and sort through the debris, help create the giant art works in workshops, or pick up debris and bring to the headquarters. So if you live close by, you might want to give them a call.
Washed Ashore lead artist/educator Angela Haseltine Pozzi has inspired many to become active in helping our environment. I hope you will take the time to check out the Washed Ashore website and will consider doing something to help this wonderful cause. Share this article to spread the word if you can’t do anything else. Thanks for dropping by.