If you read my previous post about our art project made from recycled plastic you will know that the inspiration for ‘swimming through plastic’ was the Washed Ashore Project.
Washed Ashore, is the brainchild of artist and educator, Angela Hazeltine Pozzi, who distressed by the volume of plastic washed up on her beloved Oregon beaches, decided to take action. Pozzi, along with a team of volunteers, created giant sculptures made entirely from the rubbish they found on the beaches. Each sculpture is designed to educate about plastic pollution in our Oceans and encourage a change in consumer habits.
Ten of the Washed Ashore sculptures are at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium until October 21. Last weekend we finally got a chance to see them.
At the entrance you will find Gertrude the Penguin.
Each sculpture comes with an I spy activity, urging visitors to find objects hidden within. They range in difficulty from plastic bottles (of which there are many) to tiny toy cars and cell phones. The girls loved trying to find the hidden objects. It encouraged them to examine how the sculptures were made.
The displays also share facts about plastic pollution in our oceans and the dangers to animals within this ecosystem.
Outside the aquarium are Weedy the Sea Dragon and friends.
My favourites are at the back of the aquarium. I love the detail in the coral reef and walking underneath the plastic bottle jelly fish.
The theme of plastic pollution is present throughout the zoo. The marine exploration centre has many activities encouraging visitors to learn how to be more responsible in our plastic consumprion and creative ways of using non-recyclable plastic, like these botte tops with magnets attached for creating pictures.
The zoo’s new Wild West show, shares a clear message of Refuse, reuse and recycle and the shop and café no longer use single use plastic, including plastic straws and cups.
Once you have seen the sculptures, there are plenty of other things to see. If you haven’t been to Point Defiance before, it has a strong focus on marine animals and an aquarium full of native species and others from warmer climates. Who could resist this little guy?
You can stroke a stingray, anemone or starfish, watch puffins, walruses, seals and polar bears from above and below, ride a camel or hand feed birds.
Our day out really helped the kids think about the things they throw away and the effect it has on the environment. If we were a little closer, I’d love to check out some of their summer events.
7 thoughts on “Washed Ashore at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium”
We love Point Defiance – definitely need to check this out!
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this. It looks like the kids have fun!
I just love this, I wish every family could visit, what a fun and educational way to get a very important message across. The sculptures are truly impressive and it sounds like backed up well with information to make you stop and think. I’d love to visit.
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This is beautiful AND devastatingly powerful. This place must leave a deep impression on all who visit it. It’s wonderful, and its message is of utmost importance – thanks for sharing! #CountryKids
Thank you for the lovely comment. I feel very lucky to have found this project and even more so that it has arrived in my area.
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These constructions are truly amazing. It’s awful that the world is polluted though. #CountryKids
Those sculptures are amazing, and shows we really need to do better with our waste