Current ExhibitJan 26–Jun 30

Washed Ashore

Art to Save the Sea 

Sculptures Made from Ocean Trash
January 26 – June 30

Dive into Tucson Botanical Gardens’ temporary exhibit:  Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea!

See larger than life sea creatures constructed entirely from marine debris. Each sculpture illustrates the tragedy of plastic pollution and aims to encourage conversations about conservation and how individuals can reduce the amount of single-use plastics in their lives to help improve water quality.

The sculptures are beautiful, whimsical, and shocking all at the same time. The Washed Ashore artists have intentionally placed familiar items like buckets and shovels at children’s eye level to convey the importance of keeping beaches clean.

TBG will also offer education and youth programming centered around Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, including guided tours led by an Albatross tour guide.  Stay tuned for programming details plus times and dates of the guided tours.

Don’t just skim the surface of the remarkable Washed Ashore exhibit. Take a deep dive into the story of the sculptures and the marine debris they’re made of! Join our special guide, Dr. Albie Tross – an easygoing seabird turned marine biologist – for an entertaining and educational tour through the exhibit. You’ll explore the sculptures, discover fun facts about the sea creatures they represent, and learn practical things we can do every day to reduce plastic waste.
Tour tickets are not included with general admission. Tours can be added to your order when you purchase tickets.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea is a non-profit organization committed to combating plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways. In ten years, Washed Ashore has processed over 35 tons of plastic pollution from the Pacific Northwest’s ocean beaches to create over 85 works of art that are awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis. Washed Ashore has exhibited their giant sculptures at many noteworthy venues including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: The David and Norma Lewis Foundation held at the Community Fund of Southern Arizona


Arizona Land & Water Trust
Bill & Becky LaMear
CEDO Intercultural
The Kasser Family Foundation
Pima County Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management

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Photographs by Vicky Stromee & Catherine Harold

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