Washed Ashore

Art to Save the Sea

April 22-Oct. 21, 2017

Sea AnenomeSee larger-than-life sea creatures sculpted from plastic ocean trash and designed to delight, engage and inspire. Sand toys, plastic bottles, and colorful shards of all kinds have been transformed into the stripes of a giant parrot fish, the teeth of a 10-foot-long shark, and the beak of a massive penguin.

These are just a few of the awe-inspiring animal sculptures that will be featured at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as part of the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit. All of the ten sea animal sculptures are made out of plastic debris that has washed up on beaches.

Be amazed by these artworks while learning about the impact of human activities on these animals in the wild - and find out how you can join the Zoo's quest to reduce single-use plastics.



  • Scavenger Hunt - Print this activity page at home and go on a scavenger hunt to find items hidden in each sculpture. Learn where the animals' counterparts can be found around the zoo.
  • Marine Discovery Center - Dive deeper into ocean plastics with imagery and activities that show how plastic enters the ocean and how you can help stop it.
  • Earth Aid Station - Meet a volunteer and make your own pledge to cut down on single-use plastics.
  • Staff Picks - Browse examples of favorite items used by Zoo staff to help cut down on single-use plastics.


Plastic Free Water StationSingle-use plastics, such as bags and bottles, often escape the landfill and recycling bins and instead end up in the ocean, where seals, fish and birds can ingest them or become entangled.

The Zoo is helping to keep wildlife safe by not using plastic bottles, lids, or straws; the gift shop has also given up plastic bags.

Reusable BagYOU CAN HELP BY...
  • Bringing your own containers for coffee, water and other beverages.
  • Taking along reusable bags and containers for shopping, traveling, or mealtimes.
  • Buying products with a minimum of plastic packaging.
  • Asking your server to skip the straw when you order a beverage.
  • Encouraging your friends and family to join you.

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About the artist

Artist WA

In 2007, Angela Haseltine Pozzi was called to the beach in Bandon, OR, where she had spent summers as a child.

Noticing the plastic pollution that washed up daily on the beach, she realized that she could use the power of art to educate the public about the beauty of ocean wildlife and the tragedy of marine debris.

Her non-profit organization, "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," has processed about 20 tons of garbage in seven years and constructed nearly 70 sculptures, thanks to the help of thousands of volunteers.

For Educators

The Integrated Art and Marine Debris Curriculum developed by Washed Ashore conservation engagement staff.These lessons bring together art and science to help students understand the plastic pollution issue and communicate about it using the language of the arts.

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