Washed Ashore art project turns coastal pollution into a conversation

BANDON, Ore. -- After moving to Bandon, artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi found there's an unending surplus of art supplies littering the Oregon coastline.

While most people see plastic bottles and Styrofoam chunks as junk, Pozzi sees a chance to make environmental chance through art.

Her project called "Washed Ashore" has been gaining national attention over the last four years.

"It's a great way to break the ice and talk about a difficult topic. Pollution and our part in it," said Washed Ashore's community outreach director, Mary Johnson.

The project recently received a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

"They're going to help us write an education curriculum about our exhibit," said Johnson, "And everything they do, they're going to take us right along with them, so we're just going to grow more and more and more."

Workshop teacher Michelle Corapi has seen the exhibit grow from nearly a dozen sculptures to well over 50, being displayed in Sea World locations and zoos across the country.

Corapi said the public is welcomed to help make art at the exhibit Wednesday through Sunday.