Denver Zoo is excited to announce that it will host the traveling exhibit, “Washed Ashore, Art To Save The Sea,” this fall. This amazing exhibit, which will run from September 24, 2016 to January 16, 2017, features 15 giant sculptures of sea life made almost entirely from trash collected from beaches. Developed by the non-profit group The Washed Ashore Project, the exhibit is meant to create awareness about marine debris and plastic pollution though art. The exhibit will be open for the public to enjoy daily, weather pending and will be free with regular admission.
This is the second traveling exhibit of its kind to come to Denver Zoo, and the first time it will be hosted by an inland, noncoastal location. The detailed and colorful sculptures all represent species that are directly impacted by marine debris, such as a sea turtle or a penguin. Each sculpture was created using hundreds of individual pieces. Sometimes those pieces are easily identifiable, like the flip flops that cover a sea lion pup’s face. Other times, they require closer looks and guests will be allowed to touch the sculptures.
“We’re thrilled to bring this moving exhibit to Denver Zoo. In addition to offering our guests a unique artistic and educational experience, we hope it will also encourage them to reduce, reuse and recycle in support of our mission to secure a better world for animals through human understanding,” says Senior Vice President for Guest Experience Amber Christopher.
The exhibit was created after lead artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi moved back to her home state of Oregon after two family members passed away and noticed how much debris had washed up on the beach during daily walks. She vowed never to purchase any more art supplies, except for metal, and to get everything else she needs from the beach. Five years later, her group, which utilizes help from thousands of volunteers, has processed an estimated 18 tons of garbage off of beaches and created 68 sculptures.
Denver may seem far removed from the ocean, but as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes, approximately 80 percent of ocean pollution originates from activities on land and flows down river to oceans. Pozzi is even finishing a Chinook salmon sculpture, which will debut at Denver Zoo, to help tell this story.
Learn more: http://washedashore.org/
Visit our Volunteer stations
Denver Zoo volunteers are passionate about animals and conservation. Visit Nora the Chinook salmon to learn more from a Denver Zoo docent. Volunteer educators will share how keeping local waterways clean can positively impact not only our Colorado river species like trout and otters, but ocean animals as well. Learn more about complex coral reef ecosystems from volunteers in the Tropical Discovery on weekends at the discovery station, “Finding Nemo’s Habitat.”
Experience an Up-close Animal Encounters with African penguins or California sea lions
Passionate about penguins? Simply wild about sea lions? Experience an up close animal encounter with a flippered or feathered ocean friend. Get to know the animals and learn about how Denver Zoo cares for these charismatic critters. Learn more or register now. http://denverzoo.org/close-animal-encounters
STUDENT PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
Animals in Art (Grades 1-12)
Integrate science and art program at your school where students:
- Learn how naturalists study and document the world
- Observe live animals and create animal-inspired art
- Learn how to art can inspire appreciation for nature and a desire to protect it
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Water Warriors (Grades 3-5)
Service Learning program at your school where students:
- Test their community's water
- Learn how Coloradans contribut to marine debris via our watersheds
- Clean up their communities and make recycled art to inspire others
- 2017 dates still available
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