Wonder at 15 extraordinary marine life sculptures with trashy origins! Tons of plastic pollution is used to create monumental sculptures that are awakening the hearts and minds of citizens to the marine debris crisis. Every action you make in your life has an effect. Even small actions make a positive difference. People working together can create results. Find out how!
at The Marine Mammal Center June 25 - October 15, 2011
Angela Haseltine Pozzi is the lead artist and director of the Washed Ashore project, based in Bandon, Oregon. Angela has been an exhibiting artist and educator for more than 30 years and runs artist residency programs and workshops through her Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education organization. The Washed Ashore project has come to life through Artula and volunteers are invited to a free community workshop every Saturday from 2-5pm at her gallery and workspace, Art 101, to help make these incredible works of art.
Turn ocean trash into treasured art work with your little ones at The Marine Mammal Center’s Family Art Workshops!
Inspired by the Center’s current art exhibition: Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea life and Art, these fun, engaging and educational workshops will give children ages 5-11 the opportunity to create unique note cards using plastic trash collected from local beaches, while learning about marine mammals, ocean health and how they can prevent ocean trash! This two-hour-long program starts with a beach cleanup of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands, then participants head back to The Marine Mammal Center to create their note card masterpieces. Each family will walk away with a one-of-a kind note card to keep or give to someone special! Trash to Treasures workshops are presented by PG&E.
- Dates: November 5
- Time: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA, Marin Headlands
- Cost: $10 per person ($20 for guardian & child pair). Children must be accompanied by an adult
- FREE for members of The Marine Mammal Center**
** Get every workshop for FREE when you become a member! Basic Membership starts at just $25 for one cardholder and one guest. Membership benefits include a 10% discount at The Marine Mammal Center’s gift shops, discounts on docent-led and audio tours and special invites to members-only events.**
Washed Ashore Facts
100s of community volunteers
20 miles of Oregon beaches cleaned
7,000+ lbs. of trash collected
99% of the debris is petroleum-based: plastic items, nylon ropes and netting
The pervasive problem of Ocean Trash is a form of negative human interaction which marine mammals and other sea creatures have to live with, each and every day. Found at virtually every depth, marine debris is literally choking the life from the world’s oceans and waterways. Just recently, a California sea lion suffering from a sever entanglement was rescued at the Santa Cruz Wharf. “Orseycorn” was immediately transported to the Center’s headquarters, in Sausalito. There, this male yearling received an urgent, life-saving procedure.
“He was in distress from deeply imbedded monofilament netting, entangled completely around his neck,” explained Dr. Bill Van Bonn, the Center’s director of veterinary science. This life-threatening problem plagues a variety of marine mammals, including, seals and sea lions, otters, cetaceans and virtually every other creature that swims in the ocean -- from sea turtles to sea jellies!
“Since the Center’s founding in 1975, we have treated over 16,500 marine mammals, mostly seals and sea lions, many with entanglements such as this. We also see our pinniped patients and other marine mammals, such as whales, mistakenly ingesting ocean trash, like balloons or plastic bags, thinking it’s food,” explains Dr. Jeff Boehm, the Center’s executive director. “The unfortunate fact is, that we see garbage, but marine creatures see food! -- and they cannot discern the difference. This marine trash has extremely harmful consequences for wildlife, such as starvation through strangulation, and other severe injuries that can lead to death,” adds Dr. Boehm.
© Kathy Blackwell
Just days after his procedure, Orseycorn was recovering smoothly. eating, gaining weight while his wounds began healing. Though Orseycorn will have a permanent scar from his entanglement, his final blood work revealed an otherwise healthy pinniped. He, along with three other rehabilitated sea lions, was released at Point Reyes on July 18.
Note: The unusual name, “Orseycorn” came via the Center’s lead life support and facilities technician, Matt Hoard and his three-year-old daughter. The night the California sea lion was admitted to the Center’s marine mammal hospital, Matt was on duty. In honor of his daughter, who instead of saying “unicorn,” says, “horseycorn,” but without the “h,” Matt so-named this precious, pinniped patient.
LEARN MORE: Field Rescues?
In fact, The Marine Mammal Center also mounts field rescues for entangled marine mammals. On location, a distressed seal or sea lion may be rescued and restrained, and then carefully examined and freed from any ocean debris. After the team conducts a field exam and records important scientific data, the pinniped is tagged and documented. If the rescue team sees that the pinniped has no life threatening wounds, and exhibits good overall body condition and healthy behavior, it may be immediately released, back into the wild.
LEARN MORE: Read some of what NOAA Says About Ocean Trash…
The problem of plastics and garbage in the world’s oceans has to be addressed, not only for the sake of many suffering pinniped patients at the Center, but also for the sake of us all -- from the food we eat, to the beaches, oceans and waterways we enjoy. Our planet’s future health depends on each of us doing our part to stop marine pollution. Here is some of what the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, knows about ocean trash: “It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy, from fishing and navigation to human health and safety, from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000 pound derelict fishing net.” (NOAA Marine Debris Program)
There are over 2,000 species of Sea Stars worldwide"--but none like this one! Percussionist Ward Spangler performs a whimsical concert on a starfish made from glass bottles and plastics as part of the grand opening of Washed Ashore; plastics, sea life and art.
Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art,
to The Marine Mammal Center!
Special Thanks to:
Swirl: an integrated marketing agency for developing the advertising campaign for the Washed Ashore exhibit
Double Forte: a public relations and marketing services firm for media relations counsel