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Just as the summer months begin to emerge a new public art installation outside of Shedd Aquarium encourages people to explore the outdoors. Four new sculptures arrived at the aquarium, as part of the Washed Ashore exhibit, which artistically arranges plastic trash picked up from beaches and out of the ocean. The aquatic-themed art is meant to serve as a wake-up call to the public about the dangers plastic pose to marine life.

The aquarium worked with the Chicago Park District to display the statues, which sit outside of the aquarium on park land. Anyone visiting Museum Campus can check out Chompers, Rufus, Gertrude and Octavia, shaped like animals you’d see at the Shedd. Look closely at the sculptures and you’ll begin to see the small, recognizable pieces of plastic, like bottle caps, flip flops and more, that end up in our waterways through pollution. 

All 19 Washed Ashore sculptures, including the four massive installments outside of the aquarium, will remain at Shedd until September. By hosting the plastic art, the aquarium aims to inspire the public to consider their own plastic footprint and empower them to make a difference for the aquatic world.

​It’s all a part of the Shedd Aquarium’s mission to sparks compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world. Home to 32,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the globe, Shedd is a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research. An accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the first U.S. aquarium awarded the Humane Conservation certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals by American Humane, Shedd is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, and supported by the people of Chicago, the State of Illinois and the Chicago Park District. Visit shedaquarium.org to learn more.

Sculpture from the Washed Ashore exhibit newly installed at Shedd Aquarium (photo courtesy of Shedd Aquarium)



Shedd Aquarium Welcomes Massive New Public Art Installation