Artist's Call To Action
"Everyone can make the world a better place - it is the reason we are here."
~ A. H. Pozzi
"I came to the ocean to heal, but found an ocean that needed healing. Like many people, I walked with blinders on, past the garbage, wanting to only see the ocean's beauty. When I finally stopped and really saw the debris on the beach, my heart and mind opened to the problem. I researched the effects of plastic in the ocean and the tragedy of animals suffering. I decided to take action... artistic action. The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is massive, so the artwork had to be massive in order to get the message across. This was the birth of Washed Ashore: plastics, sea life and art."
Angela Haseltine Pozzi is the lead artist and director of the Washed Ashore project, based in Bandon, Oregon. Angela has been an exhibiting artist and educator for more than 30 years and now chooses to use art as a powerful tool for community and environmental action about her true passion... the ocean.
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Community members drop off their collected beach debris at the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. Angela and the Artula staff guide volunteers, students and interns to turn the garbage into art. It is a labor intensive process… dump, rinse, sort, rinse, soak, wash, scrub, rinse, dry, sort, test, sort, test, sort, cut, drill, stitch, twist, string, weave, design, attach, test, secure and done!
Tons of plastic pollution is used to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the marine debris crisis. Every action you make in your life has an impact. Even small actions make a positive difference. People working together CAN create results. This project proves it!