Our thanks to all who supported Washed Ashore in Lincoln City

Exhibit closed March 14

Permanent sculpture now in process!

As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end. And, after a wonderful 6-month stay, the marine debris creatures of Washed Ashore have departed from the Cultural Center’s west lawn and interior spaces. This environmental arts nonprofit sends touring exhibits all over the country, and also has a permanent exhibit at home in Bandon. To learn more or find the next destination, head to the Washed Ashore website.

We’d like to thank all the donors, volunteers and supporters who made this wonderful collaboration possible for our small, rural cultural center! Our official visitor tally was 12,209 — but those are just the people we could count! We know that these fascinating Washed Ashore sculptures drew visitors to our center every day, in all kinds of weather. In addition, we hosted interactive, hands-on field trips for 1,040 students (virtually all the students in grades K-6 in Lincoln City).

Admission to the exhibit and all its associated events was FREE, thanks to funding by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Coast Visitors Association, The Roundhouse Foundation, the Oneatta Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Explore Lincoln City and North Lincoln Sanitary Service. The LCCC also received installation support from Knottworks Construction and the Inn at Spanish Head.

Funding for the Washed Ashore educational outreach project, including the incredible field trips and two public advocacy events, was provided by the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contributions Fund and our partners at the Cascade Head Biosphere Collaborative. We were also grateful to the City of Lincoln City, which provided the Mobi-Mats that made our grass much more accessible and visitor-friendly. THANK YOU! LEARN MORE Donate Now

Our Permanent Sculpture

Inspired by Washed Ashore, the LCCC Visual Arts Team has created a community project that will result in our very own Washed Ashore style sculpture. The students in the Washed Ashore field trips, January-March 2022, contributed hundreds of “kebabs,” or wired stacks of colorful lids and plastic beach debris. These will become two giant sea stars, which will be perched atop a tidal rock about 5 feet square. Eventually, this vibrant sculpture will have its own pedestal on the grounds of the future Lincoln City Cultural Plaza. Stay tuned for more information!  

Every Action Counts

Visitors to Lincoln City enjoyed Priscilla the Parrot Fish (who is 16 feet long and 9 feet tall) along with Flash the Blue Marlin, Gertrude the Penguin, Chompers the Shark, Stanley the Sturgeon and the American Sea Star, arrayed on the Cultural Center’s west lawn. Inside the auditorium, visitors found a 9-foot long Leo Jelly and a “bloom” of smaller jellies, as well as the adorable tall Giacometti the River Otter. 

All of the artworks are made from colorful marine debris – mostly plastic – found on the beach in Oregon. The work is combined with scientifically based educational signage to teach children and adults about ocean stewardship, responsible consumer habits and how “every action counts” to help save the sea.  donate online today

Using the power of the arts to spark change

It’s a message with special relevance to the Lincoln City Cultural Center, on the central Oregon Coast just a few blocks from the beach along one of the busiest stretches of Highway 101. Since 2010, more than 10,000 volunteers have participated in the Washed Ashore project, helping Pozzi and her team to create more than 80 sculptures using more than 38,000 pounds of marine debris. After serving as lead artist for more than a decade, Pozzi is passing this role to Washed Ashore veteran Steve Wright.  

“Angela Haseltine Pozzi is a creator of worlds, with imagination as strong as Dr. Seuss and a technique as detailed as assemblage artist Joseph Cornell.”
– Victoria Blake, Visual Arts Gallery Guide. 

Sculpture of an eagle made entirely out of garbage that washed ashore on Oregon’s beaches.

“The ultimate goal of a Washed Ashore exhibit is to use the power of the arts to spark change in consumer habits,” Haseltine Pozzi said. “As viewers are lured to look more closely by the beauty and craftsmanship of the art, all ages are shocked and motivated to learn more about the issue of plastic pollution. The viewers themselves are then gently guided with signage to take personal action in a way they can embrace. We teach that, truly, every action counts to save the sea.”   

Want to help?

The Cultural Center is always looking for volunteers and community support.

To learn more or get involved, contact LCCC’s executive director, Niki Price. The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101, inside the historic Delake School. 

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