Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea


New traveling exhibit!
November 17, 2018 to April 21, 2019

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On exhibit for the first time in Southwest Florida, Naples Zoo presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” from November 17, 2018 through April 21, 2019. Made entirely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation.

Naples Zoo will showcase eleven of the larger-than-life sculptures of marine life. Zoo guests are invited to get up close to view the sculptures, which range from an 11-foot-long shark and 16-foot-long parrot fish to an 8-foot-wide octopus and an 11-foot-tall polar bear.  This exhibit is free with paid Zoo admission.

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea fits perfectly with our mission to inspire people of all ages to respect, value, and help conserve wildlife and the natural world” said Jack Mulvena, Naples Zoo President and CEO. “While elaborate and captivating, these sculptures are a powerful reminder of human impacts and our personal responsibility to preserve the biodiversity of our planet.”

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” was founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, an artist and teacher from Oregon. Her passion for protecting the oceans led her to create this project with the goal of educating a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habitats. Since the project began in 2010, thousands of pounds of trash have been removed from beaches. That trash was then processed into more than 70 works of art, which travel the country to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s oceans and marine life.

How You Can Help

Rethink. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reinvent. Refuse.

Rethink before you buy - use products and packaging that are multi-use, recyclable, reusable.
Reduce the amount of waste you produce.
Reuse your own water bottle, cofee mug, silverware, and bags.
Recycle all aluminum, glass, paper and plastic products.
Reinvent trash by making it into art or functional items.
Refuse single-use plastics. Buy in bulk and bring your own containers and bags.

Local Businesses: Take the "Skip the Straw" pledge!

In honor of Washed Ashore, we are encouraging hospitality-based businesses to take action to reduce their use of plastic straws.
It is easy for a business to sign up – simply pledge to do one of the following:

  • Only give out plastic straws upon customer request
  • Use no plastic straws, only paper/biodegradable straws
  • Use no plastic straws and choose two additional plastic items to no longer offer

Fill out the pledge and see the other businesses who have already joined here!

The Sculptures

Priscilla the Parrot Fish

Octavia the Octopus

Natasha the Turtle

Rufus the Triggerfish

Lidia the Seal

Chompers the Shark

Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail

Gertrude the Penguin

Daisy the Polar Bear

Grace the Whale Tail

American Sea Star

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