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Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea
Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea
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Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea

An Oregon-based non-profit organization is heading inland to get the word out about the importance of cleaning up the world’s oceans. 

This unusual traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea, features 15 giant sculptures depicting sea life, made almost entirely of debris collected from beaches. Hosted by Denver Zoo, it’s the first time the exhibit has appeared at an inland, noncoastal location. The exhibit will be open from Sept. 24, 2016, to Jan. 16, 2017.

Make a night of it and take advantage of great hotel deals.  

The Washed Ashore Project aims to educate the public and raise awareness about pollution through the arts. As a community-based organization, lead artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi draws on people of all ages to help her remove thousands of pounds of debris from beaches then turn it into large works of art.

The organization says 90 percent of the debris they collect come from petroleum-based products such as plastics, nylon ropes and fishing nets. Almost all of the trash then gets turned into sculptures such as a walk-through replica of ocean currents and a coral reef made of Styrofoam.


Featured Things to Do


Grand Opening Events

Get a preview of the Washed Ashore exhibit at these fun events.

Food Truck Safari: Nautical Nibbles

WHEN: Sept. 23, 2016 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Denver’s “wildest” happy hour provides an adults-only preview night. The $17 ticket includes the opportunity to meet the artist. Food trucks will be scattered throughout the zoo, as well as live acoustic music. This is the last chance to preview the exhibit before it opens to the public the following morning.

**Must be 21 or older, no infants

Washed Ashore Grand Opening (Day)

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2016 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

This is the official grand opening. Meet the artists and see if you can find all 15 sculptures during your visit. This event is included in the price of regular zoo admission.

Washed Ashore Beach Party

WHEN: Sept. 24, 2016 (6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

Come to the grand opening and stay through the evening for a night viewing of the sculptures. There will be additional activities and kid-friendly entertainment throughout the zoo as well as a meet-and-greet with the artist. Ticket not included with regular zoo admission.


  • Adults (12-64) - $17
  • Seniors (65+) - $14
  • Children (3-11) - $12
  • Kids 2 and under - Free

Denver Zoo Events This Fall

Fall Festival

WHEN: Oct. 7-Nov. 18, 2016 

Boo at the Zoo

WHEN: Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30, 2016 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The annual Boo at the Zoo offers more than 20 trick-or-treat stations, creepy crawly animal demonstrations and exciting family-friendly entertainment under the canopy of Denver Zoo's beautiful fall foliage. Activities are free with zoo admission.

Boo After Dark

WHEN: Oct. 28-29, 2016 (6:30 to 9 p.m.)

Boo After Dark offers visitors a nighttime trick-or-treating experience. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children; 2 and under are free.


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