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Plastic, plastic everywhere

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 20th, 2012

Artist John Morris created this whale out of plastic marine debris to illustrate the worldwide problem of plastic pollution. This work along with others made of plastic trash were exhibited at last month’s Heceta Head Coastal Conference. photo courtesy of John Morris

There are no exact figures on the amount of discarded plastic that ends up floating in our oceans and littering our seabeds and shores, but Bandon artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi, who was in Florence recently for the Heceta Head Coastal Conference, sees a lot of the stuff.

To illustrate the problem of plastic pollution, she started the Washed Ashore project, through which thousands of volunteers have hauled plastic debris from beaches and cleaned, sorted, cut and shaped it to create gigantic sea life sculptures.

“We have processed about seven tons of debris into 20 or more sculptures,” said the artist.

For the complete article see the 11-21-2012 issue.

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