Its been a while but its looking like I need to catch up on some past experiences, namely my 2013 summer artist residency with Washed Ashore.
This is one impacting organization with a heart of gold. This art is all about the environment. Bandon, OR is its base location and being a coastal Southern Oregon town it is in a heavy trash location for the tides bringing in debris from the Pacific ocean, especially after the tsunami in Japan.
Volunteers pick up trash and assemble panels that are later added onto the sculptures at their downtown gallery and community work space. Artists residents travel 8 miles south of the downtown to the main workspace. Here Simple trash washing and sorting stations are situated around Yurts used for workspace. Main volunteers assist with the bodies and bases of the installations while lead artist and founder, Angela Pozzie, creates the heads of all of the animals and monitors the works of her understudy interns.
Hundreds of thousands of pounds of trash have already been collected from the shores within a 20 mile radius of Bandon. Not only has this trash been removed from nature but it has been kept from sitting in the landfills.
Here are a couple sculptures I assisted with during my artist residency with Washed Ashore in Bandon, OR.
Angela Pozzie is an incredible environmental artist and it was such an honor working alongside her.
Please check out their website at washedashore.org for more info!
This puffin sculpture was working on by quite a few artists but in this particular photo the body of the puffin was created by this gal...
Here is a massive Jellyfish sculpture. The body/base was done by yours truly.