Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beach cleanup = art

There are a lot of ways to combat and call attention to an environmental problem: Angela Haseltine Pozzi addresses plastics in the ocean through art. Check out Henry, created from debris washed ashore on Oregon beaches:
Henry the Giant Fish, pleased to make your acquaintance
Pozzi is the lead artist and director of the Washed Ashore project, based in Bandon, Oregon. 
This traveling show is made up of art pieces like Henry the Giant Fish, Lidia the Seal, and Tula the Sea Turtle, all composed of plastic taken from the beaches. 
Over 7000 pounds of debris have been cleaned up on 20 miles of coastline, and over 500,000 people have viewed or participated in the effort to collect, clean or build the sculptures.
There are plenty of ways to approach a problem--and Henry and his Washed Ashore friends are getting out word about plastics and the gyres (<--and this link is another).
See Henry's flip-flop?


  1. The flip-flop puts Henry in scale (pun not intended, but enjoyed)  The beach clean-ups are marvelous things and speak loudly of our disposable life-style.  When used plastic becomes a marketable resource, the gyres will become rich grounds for profit.

  2. Maybe. The biggest problem is not that there are ginormous masses harmlessly swirling out there in the oceans, but that the plastic disintegrates into particles (some teeny tiny) that fish and other marine animals mistake for food. And there's really no optimistic way to look at what that does to the animals and the larger ecosystem.

  3. Such fascinating things in other people's blogs!  See!  I would never have known about this gyre video (which is fabulous and which I've put on my facebook page) if I hadn't spent half my morning blogging---not to mention Pozzi's art.  Six times more plastic than plankton!  Arg!  Thank you for this, Patricia.

  4. That's wonderful and appalling at the same time. Wonderful for the clean up effort, public education and art, but appalling that there's enough rubbish in the ocean that this be done at all. (Ooh, that there's some unwieldy syntax.)

  5. Oh yeah--and consider that they took 7000 pounds from only 20 miles. Jeez.

  6. I'm always astounded by the amount of junk they pull out of the ocean.  My first thought is "What's wrong with people?"  But I guess some of it is from hurricanes, ans tsunamis.