Famous art installation makes its way to central Oregon coast in Lincoln City


Famous art installation makes its way to central Oregon coast in Lincoln City

Posted on 10/17/21 at 4:36 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

(Lincoln City, Oregon) – A famous South Oregon Coast arts attraction now sits on the Central Oregon Coast until spring. Washed Ashore by Bandon is a highly successful exhibition of marine life sculptures made only from marine debris, containing a message of ocean and environmental stewardship that is timely and important.

The 19-piece Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea collection made its home at the Lincoln City Cultural Center this week and will be there until March 13, 2022. The actual grand opening will take place on October 22. A group of funders helped the traveling exhibit return to the Oregon coast, after visiting cities across the United States such as the Shedd Aquarium and the Smithsonian Institution at the San Francisco Zoo and SeaWorld Orlando.

The Washed Ashore project was founded in 2010 by artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, from debris she collected on the beaches of Bandon.

This is a particularly relevant message for Lincoln City, a popular seaside town in the region. Admission to the exhibit at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (LCCC) will be free, thanks to funding from the Oregon Coast Visitors Association, the Roundhouse Foundation, the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Explore Lincoln City, and North Lincoln Sanitary Service. The LCCC is also receiving special assistance with the installation of Knottworks Construction of Lincoln City.

At the exhibit you will have the chance to visit Priscilla the Parrotfish (which is 16 feet long and 9 feet high), Chompers the Shark, Stanley the Sturgeon, Flash the Blue Marlin, Gertrude the Penguin and American Sea Star – all located on the center lawn. Inside the auditorium, visitors will find 10-foot-long Leo jelly and a small jelly “flower”, as well as the adorable tall Giacometti the river otter.

All of the artwork is made from colorful marine debris – mostly plastic – found on the Oregon beach. The work is combined with scientifically grounded educational signage to teach children and adults about ocean stewardship, responsible drinking habits and how ‘every action counts’ to help save the sea.

Since 2010, more than 10,000 volunteers have participated in the Washed Ashore Project, helping Pozzi and his team create more than 80 sculptures using more than 38,000 pounds of marine debris. After serving as lead artist for over a decade, Pozzi hands the role to Washed Ashore veteran Steve Wright.

“The ultimate goal of a Washed Ashore exhibit is to use the power of the arts to bring about a change in consumer habits,” said Haseltine Pozzi. “While viewers are drawn to the beauty and craftsmanship of the art, all ages are shocked and motivated to learn more about the problem of plastic pollution. The viewers themselves are then gently guided by signage to take personal action in a way they can embrace. We teach that, truly, every action counts in saving the sea. ”

Once the public installation is complete, the cultural center team will begin work on a hands-on educational art project using marine debris and other non-recycled plastics, in coordination with teachers at Oceanlake and Taft Elementary Schools, Taft 7-12 and local independent schools. The goal is to provide a curriculum-based excursion and artistic creation experience for every school-aged child in the North Lincoln County area.

Want to help? The Cultural Center is seeking the following local assistance to prepare this unprecedented Washed Ashore exhibit:
• Volunteer guides (training provided by Washed Ashore)
• Community partners (conservation, art or civic groups to organize coordinated events)
• Additional monetary donations (regardless of the amount)

To learn more or get involved, contact LCCC Executive Director Niki Price at 541-994-9994 or [email protected] The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101, inside the historic Delake School.

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