Inspiration Through Trash Sculpture

Inspiration Through Trash Sculpture

SeaWorld®, Washed Ashore, and Trash Sculptures

Our vacation to SeaWorld® was such a wonderful experience. We learned so much and had so much fun! Some of the most inspirational things we saw were these amazing sculptures made by the Washed Ashore Project (Art To Save The Sea) organization.

The Washed Ashore Project's Penguin trash sculpture

The Washed Ashore organization collects debris that has washed up on beaches. Most of that debris is petroleum-based trash, like plastic, netting and nylon rope. They use all of that to make these giant trash sculptures of the sea life that is most impacted by this garbage. These trash sculptures are then loaned out to companies, and public places like SeaWorld®. These exhibits are to help teach people to encourage reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling.

Shark trash sculpture by The Washed Ashore Project

I have to say, I think this shark is my favorite. Sharks have been one of my favorite ocean creatures since I saw the very first JAWS movie when it first came out. That movie scared me to death but it motivated me as well. It motivated me to learn as much as I could about sharks. I checked out every book I could find at the library, and read for weeks about them. To this day, I watch any documentary about them to learn more, because so much more is being learned about our oceans every day.

Patriotic Starfish trash sculpture by The Washed Ashore Project

It’s our trash that is killing so many of our wonderful ocean animals. We have to learn to be more responsible about our actions. Did you know there are 300 billion pounds of plastic produced globally every year – but less than 10 % is recycled! There are still so many things we don’t even know about our oceans yet. Are we so willing to wipe out all of these yet-to-be discoveries?

The Jellyfish trash sculpture at SeaWorld by The Washed Ashore Project

Let’s take a lesson from trash sculptures from The Washed Ashore Project. Let’s stop trashing our world! Put garbage where it belongs, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle! Think about what could happen if we don’t.

Just remember…

SeaWorld@ Sea Lion

I’m keeping my eye on you!


  1. Those sculptures are amazing. I’m always in awe at the creativity of people who can come up with stuff like that, especially with trash and disposables.
    I don’t consider myself super eco-friendly but I do recycle as much as possible. Landfills are overflowing and wildlife suffer when trash is thrown in their environment.

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