Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea Traveling Exhibit in Galveston, Texas

Returning by popular demand, Washed Ashore - a traveling art exhibit in Galveston Island - is aimed at educating the public about the hazards of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways.

Have you ever seen an 8-foot-tall octopus? How about a bald eagle with a 17-foot wingspan? Head down to Galveston and meet Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a FREE, engaging family exhibit on display at various locations across Galveston Island.

On exhibit through Sept 30, 2024

About Washed Ashore: Art to Save The Sea

Washed Ashore’s huge, awe-inspiring sculptures are constructed entirely of plastic debris that has washed up on America's beaches and are designed to demonstrate the scale of plastic pollution found in our oceans and waterways.

Artists have intentionally placed familiar items like buckets and shovels at children’s eye level to convey the importance of keeping beaches clean. Each sculpture graphically illustrates the tragedy of plastic in our oceans and waterways and aims to encourage conservation.

The Galveston collection marks the first time these sculptures have been outside of a gated, central location and is free to the public.

Washed Ashore Sculpture Locations
Sculpture of a Bald Eagle with its wings spread made out of plastic at Pier 21
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Rosa the Bald Eagle

Location: Pier 21
Address: 2100 Harborside Dr, Galveston, TX 77550

Sculpture of a Great White Shark popping up out of the water made out of plastic
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Greta the Great White Shark

Location: Saengerfest Park
2302 The Strand

Sculpture of a giant sturgeon made of grey and white plastic on a base of black plastic
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Stanley the Sturgeon

Location: Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier
Address: 2501 Seawall Blvd

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Brody the Adelie Penguin

Location: Galveston Children's Museum/ Moody Mansion
2618 Broadway Avenue J

Sculpture of a giant seal made out of varying shades of white, gray and black plastic standing on a base of colorful buoys
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Lidia the Seal

Location: Moody Gardens
1 Hope Blvd

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Sea of Debris

Location: Nia Cultural Center
Address: 2217 The Strand

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Flash the Marlin

Location: Rainforest Cafe
5310 Seawall Blvd

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Annie the Anemone

Location: Galveston Island Visitors Center
Address: 2228 Mechanic St

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Gumdrop Jelly Reef

Location: Grand Galvez
Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd

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Pinky Wall Art

Location: Galveston Children's Museum/ Moody Mansion
Address: 2618 Broadway Ave J

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Seamore the Seahorse

Location: Dellanera RV Park
Address: 10901 Termini San Luis Pass Rd

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Sylvia The Silvertip Shark

Location: Artist Boat Heritage Preserve
Address: 13117 Settegast Rd

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