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Washed Ashore exhibit at Norfolk makes an ecological statement

The Virginian Pilot / September 28, 2021

A new type of exhibit at Norfolk Botanical Garden is using art to highlight the detrimental effects of plastic pollution on marine life.

On display through Oct. 31 in the Enchanted Forest area of the garden, the “Washed Ashore Art To Save The Sea” traveling exhibit features a variety of free-standing sculptures of ocean creatures fashioned from plastic debris collected from beaches.

Nautica Wavemakers and Washed Ashore

Nautica /August 19, 2021

Washed Ashore creates aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways.

From cleaning miles of beaches to stitching plastics together for giant sculptures, Washed Ashore works to spark positive changes in consumer habits and promote environmental conservation and sustainability.

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Kelly Clarkson Show: Artist turns tons of beach trash into mind-blowing sculptures!

The Kelly Clarkson Show / April 23, 2021
Kelly met Angela Pozzi, an artist and founder of Washed Ashore, who takes trash from the beach and transforms it into art sculptures. Kelly connected Angela with Ashlyn, a young artist who also makes trash into treasures. Months later, these two ladies teamed up to create a breath-taking sturgeon sculpture out of items like chair parts and plastic handles.

Washed Ashore Founder featured on The Planetary Podcast

The Planetary Press / March 1, 2021

” It is an educational nonprofit where we work with volunteers to clean up beaches of plastic pollution, and then people bring all that stuff into us. We process it, turn all that stuff into educational art supplies, and we create gigantic sculptures in the forms of marine animals that are threatened by plastic pollution. “

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Immense Possibilities: Washed Ashore on PBS

PBS / September 21, 2020

A simple walk on the beach after a devastating loss brought Angela Haseltine Pozzi face to face with her life’s purpose: making art that educates using trash from the ocean. Her organization, Washed Ashore, builds and exhibits powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in the ocean. Visitors are inspired to change consumer habits through simple daily choices.

When the Ocean Gives You Plastic, Make Animals

The New York Times / March 9, 2020

“BANDON, Ore. — Angela Haseltine Pozzi stands shoulder to shoulder with Cosmo, a six-foot-tall tufted puffin, on a cliff overlooking the blustery Oregon coast. It is January and the deadly king tides have come to Coquille Point, making the shoreline look like…”

Angela Haseltine Pozzi, Founding Artist at Washed Ashore Org

New ‘Washed Ashore’ exhibit in Little Rock

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / May 7, 2019

There’s a colorful fish on the wall. It’s fun. It’s whimsical, made out of flip-flops and the pieces leftover when they were cut out of a sheet of plastic foam. But wait. Are those bite marks?

Some plastic looks like food to sea creatures…

Marine Debris Sculpture Celebrates Disneynature Penguins

Disney Parks Blog / April 3, 2019

Washed Ashore premiered two new sculptures at Disney Parks this spring. The first premiered at Disney’s Epcot in March; the Adelie Penguin with her Baby is on display through May 2019. The second sculpture, the father penguin, premiered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in April and remains open for the month. As Helms notes, the sculptures, made with marine debris, depict the family of penguins in the coming Disneynature film.

A Message in Our Bottles

Via Nola Vie / October 22, 2018

This month, the half-ton Steve the Weedy Sea Dragon and eight other creatures arrived aboard flatbed trailers to join a plastic menagerie that first arrived at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (where there are now 14 sculptures) and Audubon Zoo (two) in July. Like his brethren, Steve is fashioned completely from ocean debris – all the flotsam and jetsam discarded by careless humans that make up the endless plastic pollution bobbing in our waterways and littering our beaches.

Pollution Turns to Art

Fox 8 New Orleans / October 12, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – “Steve” the sea dragon on display at the Aquarium of the Americas sports a light from a boat, a pacifier and scuba flippers. All of the pieces and parts were recovered from beaches, and carefully crafted into sculptures. Artist Angela Hazeltine Pozzi and the organization she founded, Washed Ashore, have added nine new art pieces to the popular exhibit on display here since July.

“Plastics have entered all marine habitats and every level of the ocean food chain,” said Possi, the organization’s Artistic Director and Lead Artist.

The Art of Saving Oceans

The Sierra Club / September 10, 2016

This September, a shark, a parrot fish, a sea lion pup, a jellyfish, and a giant anemone will occupy the U.S. State Department for a couple of days. That’s not because the nation’s foreign ministry is relaxing its security standards. The animals are sculptures, which Oregon-based artist Angela Pozzi and her team of volunteers constructed completely out of plastic litter they retrieved from Oregon beaches.

There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbage / June 6, 2016

Standing beside her several-times-life-sized sculpture “Sebastian James the Puffin,” one of 17 of her works installed at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Angela Pozzi talked about the puffin’s namesake. She created the work the same year her father James died.”He’s very dignified like my dad,” Pozzi says of the puffin, who stands on a base of just the sort of entangled fishing gear that claims the lives of many ocean birds. The birds also often fatally mistake plastic trash for food, a label beside the sculpture notes.


Beautiful plastic sculptures tell ugly story of human garbage in the ocean

Smithsonian Insider / July 10, 2016
Great white sharks, killer whales, sea lions, even polar bears—the ocean is full of giant predators. But one of the ocean’s worst enemies is not part of the natural habitat or food pyramid: trash.

Ocean trash turned into a thing of beauty

The Washington Post / May 24, 2016

Flash the marlin is a fine fish and a fine piece of trash. Standing just outside the National Zoo’s visitor center, he is poised, mouth open, to make a splash in a wave of turquoise fishing nets and clear plastic bottles. His gills, made from toilet seats, are rather dirty; his long bill, narrowing to a point that seems sharp enough to pierce a small fish — or at least a plastic trash bag — is made from three fishing rods.

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