New traveling exhibit!
November 17, 2018 to April 21, 2019
On exhibit for the first time in Southwest Florida, Naples Zoo presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” from November 17, 2018 through April 21, 2019. Made entirely of plastic debris collected from beaches, the colorful and dramatic sculptures of marine animals represent the more than 315 billion pounds of plastic in oceans today and underscore the need for wildlife conservation.
Naples Zoo will showcase eleven of the larger-than-life sculptures of marine life. Zoo guests are invited to get up close to view the sculptures, which range from an 11-foot-long shark and 16-foot-long parrot fish to an 8-foot-wide octopus and an 11-foot-tall polar bear. This exhibit is free with paid Zoo admission.
“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea fits perfectly with our mission to inspire people of all ages to respect, value, and help conserve wildlife and the natural world” said Jack Mulvena, Naples Zoo President and CEO. “While elaborate and captivating, these sculptures are a powerful reminder of human impacts and our personal responsibility to preserve the biodiversity of our planet.”
“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” was founded by Angela Haseltine Pozzi, an artist and teacher from Oregon. Her passion for protecting the oceans led her to create this project with the goal of educating a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habitats. Since the project began in 2010, thousands of pounds of trash have been removed from beaches. That trash was then processed into more than 70 works of art, which travel the country to raise awareness about the plight of the world’s oceans and marine life.
Meet the Artist!
Angela Haseltine Pozzi will visit Naples Zoo on November 15, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm as part of our Conservation Lecture Series.
Naples Zoo Members: FREE | General Public: $10 (pay at door the night of)