Awesome Flotsam & Jetsam Art

September 11, 2010 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Giant 8 foot fish made from debris found on the beachGiant 10 foot squid of found objectsCaught a fun and informative show entitled “Washed Ashore:  Plastics, Sealife and Art” while on my vacation today in Oregon at the Newport Visual Arts Center. It was a show of large installation art made completely of found objects that have drifted onto shore. I was amazed by the color and variety of objects. One display showed plastics that had been nibbled on by marine animals. It was sad to think of the creatures that had consumed this refuse.

The “fish” pictured has a hollow metal armature and plastic “scales”. The hollow belly is filled with styrofoam, a trash item commonly consumed by sealife. It is an inviting tactile display that invites you to explore with your senses.   My kids enjoyed drumming on the “bones of a whale,” and dancing in the “tentacles of a jellyfish” among other activities. Will add more detail photos and more later.  In the second photo, you can see how the bits of plastic are attached to the armature.  There is a heavy steel frame making the general shape of the fish.  Then, something like chicken wire (metal mesh) is applied.  The plastic pieces have been drilled with several holes and are then wired to the  mesh.  All in all, the show is sturdy and took the abuse of my two toddler boys quite well.  If you are in the area, it’s worth exploring, especially with children & children at heart .

View into the mouth of the fish armature.

fish eye detail showing how the pieces are attached

Even my toddlers enjoy contemplating the art. tunnel of trash!

For more on the center or the show, follow this link:

Washed Ashore show and Newport Visual Arts Center

Sean Wells via iPhone


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