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"Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" Opens at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

  • Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Opens at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

On exhibit for the first time in the Washington, D.C. region, the Smithsonian's National Zoo presents Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea from May 27 through Sept. 5. Made completely 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. Admission to the Zoo and this exhibit is free.

Made possible with the support of Friends of the National Zoo, visitors are invited to get up close to view the sculptures, which range from a 12-foot-long shark and 16-foot-long parrot fish to an 8-foot-wide octopus and a 20-foot-long coral reef. Seventeen sculptures of marine life will be installed along the Zoo's Olmsted Walk, in the Visitor Center and at the Amazonia exhibit. Visitors can see marine animals affected by waste--including sea lions, brown pelicans and coral--on view at the Zoo's American Trail and Amazonia Science Gallery, respectively.

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Photo: Adam Mason, Smithsonian's National Zoo

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