Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea at Mounts Botanical Garden
"Priscilla the Parrot Fish" sculpture. Priscilla is made of plastic toys, buoys, fishing lures, toothbrushes, a plastic corn on the cob, a pink comb, a bowling pin, beer cans, and cigarette lighters. / Photo by Danny Rodriguez, WPB Magazine

For years, multiple organizations worldwide have been very active campaigning against dumping waste in the oceans. They keep working tirelessly to ensure that the oceans are clean and safe for all to enjoy.

Ahead of the coming World Oceans Day, which is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future, there is a spectacular, educational art exhibition at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach—Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, by Angela Pozzi.

This is the biggest and most impactful exhibit in the 40-years history of the Garden.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea features giant sea life sculptures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches to graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways. The sculptures are spread throughout the garden and captivate all ages.

The purpose of the exhibit is to teach environmental conservation and sustainability.

See photos of some of the sculptures this traveling exhibit includes.

There are a total of 10 sculptures in the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit, all telling a compelling story of how plastics, toys, and other debris disposed in the beaches affect marine life for many species.

In a recent story in the news, a male sperm whale that washed up on the coast of Spain and had 63 pounds of plastic debris inside his stomach. An autopsy at the El Valle Wildlife Rescue centre found plastic bags, nets, ropes, plastic sacks, and a large plastic container inside its stomach and intestines.

This sad happening continues to bring the focus back in the prevention of plastic ocean pollution. Important events are taking place worldwide to teach about the challenges facing our oceans, and people are getting more involved in cleaning up local beaches and in marine conservation efforts.

While visiting the Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit at Mounts Botanical Garden, people can see the beauty of nature and through art, get educated and inspired to take action in their own lives to prevent contributing to this global pollution problem.

The artist, Angela Pozzi, was born in Portland, Oregon to a family of artists and naturalists. As she has always believed in the “art for all” concept, Pozzi has helped spearhead many public art projects.

In 2010, Pozzi rallied her small community of Brandon, Oregon, and today over 10,000 volunteers have helped clean beaches and worked with Washed Ashore to process over 20 tons of debris into over 70 sculptures of the animals affected by plastic pollution.

Now through June 3, Mounts Botanical Garden —Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest public garden— is hosting Angela Pozzi’s Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit. As you see the eye-catching and impactful design sculptures, you will also think about the need to increase awareness of the global tragedy of plastics pollution in the ocean.

When you visit Mounts Botanical Garden, you have a unique experience seeing and learning about over 2,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants from six continents, including plants native to Florida, exotic trees, tropical fruit, herbs, citrus and palms. Now you can also be part of a traveling educational exhibit and spread the word about the dangers of plastics pollution in our area.

If you visit, find here information about hours, and admission to Mounts Botanical Garden,  located on 531 North Military Trail.