The Lincoln City Cultural Center has confirmed that Washed Ashore, a traveling exhibit of marine life sculptures made entirely from marine debris, will bring its message of ocean stewardship to the central Oregon coast this fall. Thanks to the generosity of donors and regional foundations, a 19-piece collection of “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” will be on display at the cultural center from October 23 to March 13, 2022.
The Washed Ashore project was founded in 2010 by artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, from debris she collected on the beaches of Bandon. The sculptures have traveled across the country, from the Shedd Aquarium and the Smithsonian Institution to the San Francisco Zoo and SeaWorld Orlando. Everywhere they go, the endearing creatures of Washed Ashore graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways.
This is a particularly relevant message for the Lincoln City Cultural Center, a few blocks from the beach along one of the busiest sections of Highway 101. Admission to the cultural center exhibit will be free, courtesy of funding from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, Roundhouse Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation Oneatta Fund, Ford Family Foundation, Explore Lincoln City and North Lincoln Sanitary Service. The LCCC is also receiving special assistance with the installation of Knottworks Construction of Lincoln City.
The public is invited to enjoy Priscilla the Parrotfish (which is 16 feet long and 9 feet high) with Flash the Blue Marlin, Gertrude the Penguin, Chompers the Shark, Stanley the Sturgeon and the American Sea Star, arranged on the cultural center of the western lawn. Inside the auditorium, visitors will find 10-foot-long Leo jelly and a small jelly “flower”, as well as the adorable tall Giacometti the river otter.
All of the artwork is made from colorful marine debris – mostly plastic – found on the Oregon beach. The work is combined with scientifically grounded educational signage to teach children and adults about ocean stewardship, responsible drinking habits and how ‘every action counts’ to help save the sea.
Since 2010, more than 10,000 volunteers have participated in the Washed Ashore Project, helping Pozzi and his team create more than 80 sculptures using more than 38,000 pounds of marine debris. After serving as lead artist for over a decade, Pozzi hands the role to Washed Ashore veteran Steve Wright.
“The ultimate goal of a Washed Ashore exhibit is to use the power of the arts to spark a change in consumer habits,” said Pozzi. “While viewers are drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship of the art, all ages are shocked and motivated to learn more about the problem of plastic pollution. The viewers themselves are then gently guided by signage to take personal action in a way they can embrace. We teach that, truly, every action counts in saving the sea. ”
Once the public installation is complete, the cultural center team will begin work on a hands-on educational art project using marine debris and other non-recycled plastics, in coordination with teachers at Oceanlake and Taft Elementary Schools, Taft 7-12 and local independent schools. The goal is to provide a curriculum-based excursion and artistic creation experience for every school-aged child in the North Lincoln County area.
Want to help? The Cultural Center is seeking the following local assistance to prepare for this unprecedented Washed Ashore exhibition:
• Volunteer guides (training provided by Washed Ashore);
• Community partners (conservation, art or civic groups to organize coordinated events);
• Additional monetary donations (regardless of the amount).
To learn more or get involved, contact LCCC Executive Director Niki Price at 541-994-9994 or [email protected] The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Highway 101, inside the historic Delake School.
Learn more about Angela Haseltine Pozzi and Washed Ashore
Find the biographies of Pozzi and the Washed Ashore team at https://www.washedashore.org/meet-the-washed-ashore-team/
In August 2021, Pozzi was featured as “Wavemaker” Nautica https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWz5FrWHEX4
In March 2020, she was featured in the New York Times: https://tinyurl.com/vrp7jkf
“Angela Haseltine Pozzi is a creator of worlds, with an imagination as strong as Dr. Seuss and a technique as detailed as assemblage artist Joseph Cornell.” – Victoria Blake, Visual Arts Gallery Guide.