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M ore than 300 million pounds of plas- tic is produced worldwide every year, and only ten percent of it is recycled. This has given birth to a new form of artwork created from trash in the form of plastic garbage that has washed up on ocean beaches. This is the work of the Washed Ashore Project, a group of artists and art educators whose emphasis is the creation of works of art from the garbage discarded by humans that ends up in the ocean. Washed Ashore produces giant collaborative sculptures of sea animals to raise awareness about the contamination of the world's oceans. Volun- teers collect the garbage from the beaches and it is cleaned and sorted by color. Angela Haseltine Pozzi, founder of the project, designs and directs the con- struction of these beautiful sculptures. Haseltine Pozzi, an artist and art educator, spent her childhood wandering the beaches of Puget Sound. After becoming an art teacher, she began Creative Art Supplies in 1990, a project that built 3D art kits out of recycled materials. Disturbed by the huge amount of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, she created the Artula Institute for Arts and Environmental Education. Not long after that, the Washed Ashore Project began. Recycling and Found Objects in Art History The first instance in the history of Western art of the use of garbage and discarded everyday objects began with Dada and Surrealist artists in the first half of the 1900s. Their intent was to redefine what could be considered art. Their reasoning for elevat- ing found objects into objets d'art—considered totally illogical at the time—was that logic had no place in the production of art when, "logic" had led to the nightmare of World War I (1914–1918). After Dada and Surrealism, found objects were included throughout modern art. In the late 1950s to 1960s, Pop Art again elevated garbage and dis- carded objects to the status of "fine art." Their motivation was to parody consumer, thing-oriented Western culture. In the late 1960s, an increase in environmen- tal awareness and activism lead to the production of earthworks and other environmental artwork. In the twenty-first century, this has evolved into artworks produced with an awareness of climate change and the delicacy of planet Earth. Washed Ashore: Collaborative Sculptures SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23 L O O K I N G & L E A R N I N G ANGELA HASELTINE POZZI F O U N D - O B J E C T S C U L P T O R Top: Artist and sculptor Angela Haseltine Pozzi with one of her Washed Ashore creations, Zorabelle the Rockhopper Penguin. Bottom: Octavia the Octopus. Courtesy Angela Haseltine Pozzi. ©WashedAshore.org.