Washed Ashore Project Uses Ocean Plastic to Sculpt Animals | Learn English with the News

The plastic problem continues, but Washed Ashore is hoping to bring the problem to attention by turning ocean plastic into incredible sculptures of all the animals that are harmed by it. Sharks, polar bears and marlin, oh my!

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Life-sized sculptures of colorful marine life are traveling in exhibitions across America. The goal is to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the ocean. The sculptures are made entirely from ocean plastic, picked up by volunteers, and formed by artists.

The Washed Ashore Project is trying to communicate the message of ocean conservation using art: saving beauty by creating beauty. The Project started in 2010. Since then they have cleaned 300 miles of beaches, and processed 60,000 lbs. of trash. 86 charismatic works of art, like Gertrude the Penguin, Chompers the Shark, and the American Sea Star have been created.

More than 14,000 people have volunteered for Washed Ashore’s sponsored beach cleanups. Many of these volunteers are involved not only in the beach combing, but also cleaning, and sorting the plastic waste based on size and color.

The process of collecting the trash is often how the artists go through the creative process, envisioning how the haul could be turned into something. A giant penguin was made almost entirely from black flip flops. The flip flops are one of the most easily spotted pieces of waste in the sculptures. They are used for penguin and eagle feathers, salmon stripes, and the leathery skin of sea turtle flippers.

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