While walking the shores of her beloved beaches in Oregon, Angela Haseltine Pozzi was shocked by the amount of plastic trash she saw coming in with the waves and polluting the sand. She was determined to make a difference. This is when the non-profit organization Washed Ashore began. Not only do Angela and Washed Ashore staff and volunteers collect the plastic to create breathtaking sculptures, but their mission is also to educate others through workshops, exhibits, volunteer opportunities, and artistic collaborations. In Washed Ashore’s 85 piece collection, every work of art is made of found beach plastic and represents an animal that has been affected by human disruptions to the environment.
This week, Eaglebrook students were lucky enough to take part in Washed Ashore’s current project, a 9’ tall x 16’ long x 6 feet wide sculpture of a bald eagle scooping a fish from the water. The bald eagle was on the brink of extinction before DDT was banned in the 1970s. These beautiful creatures are close to our hearts here at Eaglebrook School and this collaboration fits with our own mission to educate students on how our own choices impact the Earth. With plastic that was collected off beaches and shipped to us from Washed Ashore, students assembled tail feathers and Eagle Pantaloon pieces to be attached to the larger sculpture once they are returned to Angela at the Washed Ashore studio in Bandon, OR.
We are thrilled to have had this opportunity and thank everyone from the Washed Ashore project, especially Angela Haseltine Pozzi, to include Eaglebrook.