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Plastic Trash from the Ocean is Art at S.F. Zoo

Originally posted on: San Francisco Gate by Jill Tucker
May 24, 2014

From a distance, the art hanging from the ceiling of the San Francisco Zoo’s old elephant area looks like colorful kelp suspended in the ocean.

But get closer.

There, forming part of a strand is a yellow shampoo bottle. And several orange dog balls, half a faded Frisbee, a pink sand shovel, a toddler’s shoe. And more. Hundreds, thousands more objects.

The overwhelming amount of trash, most of it plastic, suddenly comes into full focus. All of it came out of the ocean.

The display, open to the public through the summer, is part of the 12 tons of garbage turned art at the zoo’s “Buoy, Beat ‘n’ Bop” exhibition created by the nonprofit Washed Ashore.

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