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Washed Ashore

Art to Save the Sea

Friday, May 27, 2016 to Monday, September 5, 2016
  • sculpture of a great white shark made from recycled plastic
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Washed Ashore

Art to Save the Sea

This is exhibit has ended.

Thanks to all the visitors who came out to experience "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea," a larger-than-life exhibit of 17 marine wildlife sculptures—from jellyfish to sharks—made entirely of plastic pollution directly recovered from oceans.

Placed throughout the Smithsonian's National Zoo, these massive sculptures represented the immeasurable amount of plastic in oceans, illustrating the devastating effects of the ocean's deadliest predator—trash.

Generous support is provided by

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Change Happens Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company




LunchSkins by 3greenmoms

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

MGM National Harbor

Nixon Peabody LLP

Norman F. Sprague Jr. Foundation

Joseph Regenstein III

SunTrust Foundation

Media Partners


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Washingtonian Magazine

The Washington Post