Washed Ashore, an organization that makes large scale sculptures out of discarded plastic collected off beaches to educate people about ocean pollution, has set up a workshop in the tinkering studio. From today until Saturday, Angela Haseltine Pozzi and their crew will be in the Tinkering Studio leading people in building a coral reef out of scraps of orange foam, woven aluminum cans, shot gun shells and more. Her team brought down enough trash for four days of building. For inspiration we also have a completed work - a ten foot tall harbor seal also made of garbage collected from the beaches of Southern Oregon. Today a bunch of museum visitors made creatures of the coral reef by threading pieces of plastic on wire and twisting them onto mesh frames. Join us Thursday and Friday from 10:00 to 4:00 and on Saturday at Open Make: Trash from 10:00 to 2:00 in making beautiful art out of washed up flotsam.
Lidia the Seal provides inspiration for makers even before they enter the Tinkering Studio. The more you look at her the more little pieces you notice, almost like an eye spy book.
The Washed Ashore folks sorted the plastic by color and function which looked beautiful out on the table in the morning.
Whole families worked together on additions to the reef. These three were working on a spiky orange coral made of foam and cut up detergent bottles.
These shot gun shells make surprisingly beautiful additions to the sea grass layer.
For most of the day the workshop area was full of people attaching elements, twisting wire, and poking holes in the plastic pieces.
Even the tools are made from washed up material. We used this old flip-flop as a surface for poking holes with nails.
This amazing fish made out of lids, sandal strips, and plastic will be swimming in the colorful reef.
Here's the progress after one day in the Tinkering Studio. We'll be building shell covered background and aquatic plant life tomorrow so join us if you can and check out the reef at Open MAKE: Trash.