The amazing network of cultural attractions, museums and galleries on Oregon’s Adventure Coast: Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston is one of the best kept secrets on Oregon’s South Coast - until now! Since opening in 2010, thousands of residents and visitors of Oregon’s Adventure Coast have made the short drive to Bandon to experience the Washed Ashore Project, one of the most powerful and captivating community-driven art projects in the country. You can imagine our joy when we learned that the organization plans to expand the exhibit to a waterfront facility here in Coos Bay (details coming soon)!
The Washed Ashore Project has soared in popularity by driving their mission of saving oceans and waterways from pollution with powerful and aesthetically pleasing sculptures created from plastic debris that have quite literally washed ashore. In addition to educational programming and environmental activism, this beloved non-profit organizes regular beach clean-ups to collect trash and plastic debris that is used to create large-scale sculptures of sea life threatened by the debris. Several of these sculptures have become part of a traveling educational exhibit hosted by aquariums, zoos, museums and science centers (including Disney’s Epcot) all over the country. The organization also partners with schools and local organizations to spread the word about plastics pollution and to teach us to become better stewards of our lands and seascapes.
Washed Ashore is receiving much deserved wide-spread praise, and has caught the attention of major news organizations like The New York Times, and has recently been featured on national programs like The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Planetary Press, and PBS, just to name a few. Watch as Washed Ashore founder and artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi discusses her mission to raise awareness about the significant problems of plastic pollution in Earth’s oceans in a recent Nautica Wavemakers video:
Here are some pictures of Washed Ashore exhibits from their Facebook page:
Angela Haseltine Pozzi and her team of volunteers and artists work tirelessly to transform trash into art, but our oceans can’t be saved by their help alone. As a non-profit organization, Washed Ashore depends on donations and volunteers to continue their work. For more information, be sure to visit www.washedashore.org. You can also call (541) 329-0317 or email email@example.com for more information.