Wednesday Vignette – ocean treasures

During our last day on the southern Oregon coast, we ventured into town, and came upon this incredible fish, made with sea trash that had been washed ashore and collected. Turns out, Henry the Fish, and many other fantastic sea creatures have been created by a wonderful organization called WashedAshore.org, and its headquarter just happened to be in Bandon, where we were. We spent a good chunk of time in their nearby gallery. If you are ever in Bandon, check them out. It will be well worth your time. If not, you can learn more about them via the link above. I felt a certain kinship with this organization, as I’m one of those people that often pick up trash after others. But my efforts end there – these people are artists, and their work really makes you stop and think. Usually whatever I pick up just end up recycled (rather than re-purposed) or disposed of safely. What they do is far more fun! Their mission is well worth celebrating, so here goes – Happy Wednesday!

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – ocean treasures

  1. That is amazing Anna. What vision they have! Of course it’s also quite sad, to think that all of those things were washed up on the shore. Why must people be so messy!?

    My WV: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-this.html

  2. Alison says:

    What an incredible piece of art! It takes vision to put something like that together. I like to repurpose things too.

    My WV is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette_17.html

  3. Alan Lorence says:

    Love this, both the creation and the message. Read about plastic microparticles. 😦

  4. Tina says:

    A marvelously creative way to utilize trash!

  5. Evan Bean says:

    That took some incredible ingenuity and vision! I pick up trash when I can, but like you I dispose of it in whatever way may be appropriate to the material. Here’s my contribution this week: http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-thinking-cool.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I love how presenting the travesty of ocean trash in this way renders it from trash to beautiful and useful, while simultaneously pointing out how damaging the trash itself is to our ecosystems. They make the admonition memorable…

  6. Kris P says:

    I’ve seen art of this type created by other bloggers but this fish is the best ever! PBS News Hour (it may have been the weekend edition) featured a piece on a 22-year old Dutch national leading an effort to capture the plastic debris in the sea a week or so ago, which I also found interesting. I have a late-ish WV entry this week: http://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/08/wednesday-vignette-marine-layer.html

    • annamadeit says:

      Pretty stunning, isn’t it? Maybe the artists are connected in some way? It was so fun to wander the gallery and examine the various creatures. Very inspiring too!

  7. Peter/Outlaw says:

    A really cool piece. One would have to pick up a lot of trash to have enough raw materials from which to choose to create such a work. I’m impressed with their vision and mission!

  8. hoov says:

    Our daily walk includes picking up trash, most especially plastic trash. If we manage to save a seabird or two, I will count it well worth the effort.

    What a wonderful organization! Plastic garbage is forever, essentially. 😦

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