Washed Ashore Project Repurposes Marine Debris for Art and Education

The Washed Ashore Project turns marine debris into art and awareness to save the sea.

Henry the Fish, Washed Ashore’s flagship sculpture | May, 2016, Bandon, OR

Washed Ashore enlists volunteers to clean up the beaches. The debris is returned to their workshop where it serves as material for sculptures and displays to educate people about marine pollution. The best work even goes on tour!

A colorful rocky intertidal diorama
Debris from beach cleanups becomes a rocky intertidal diorama in the workshop | May, 2016

I spend a lot of time in tide pools and I feel like I’ve seen some amazing ones, but when I came upon the display above, the beauty and diversity pretty much knocked me off my feet.

Starfish sculpture
Do you know what this is? Hint: the bottles are tube feet | May, 2016

That’s right, a starfish.

If you live in the area or are planning a visit to the southern Oregon coast, you can volunteer at the workshop.