(WHO KNEW NEWS) – Giant sculptures of marine animals are propped up in art exhibits to raise awareness about the growing plastic pollution problem through art.
The Washed Ashore Project means to communicate the message of ocean conservation and encourage change. The project started in 2010 but has managed to clean up 300 miles of beaches, and created 86 artworks from 60,000 lbs of trash. This includes masterpieces such as the Flash the Blue Marlin, Gertrude the Penguin, Chompers the Shark, Stanley the Sturgeon, and the American Sea Star.
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Washed Ashore’s sponsored beach cleanups have attracted over 14,000 volunteers. Aside from beachcombing, the volunteers clean up the beach areas and sort plastic wastes based on size and color.