Artist uses ocean rubbish to build aquatic sculptures

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An Oregon artist has created a number of sculptures using trash from the ocean and beaches.

Angela Haseltine Pozzi's sculptures have gone on display in an exhibition to educate people, particularly children, about the hazards to marine life from rubbish discarded in the sea and on the beach.

The display, called "Washed Ashore: Plastics, Sea Life and Art" features the 10' high fish called Henry, pictured above, plus another dozen sculptures at the Chula Vista Nature Centre, California.

Pozzi and 500 volunteers scoured 60 miles of Oregon coastline over the course of a year, picking up 7000 lb of marine debris such as plastic bottles, plastic rope and netting, flip-flop sandals, discarded buckets and spades, buoys and balls. But "it could be any beach in the world", Pozzi said.

The rubbish was cleaned and left exposed to the weather before either being cut and shredded, or used whole, to assemble the sculptures.

Other sculptures in the exhibition include a giant turtle, a seal and a jellyfish, which is made of plastic bags and water bottles. There's also a 12' high, 10' long whale bone cage created on a recycled steel frame and covered with bottles and jugs.

The exhibition runs until September 3.

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