A 1,600-pound seahorse? A 6-foot penguin? Starting Sept. 23, Shedd Aquarium will host Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a limited-time special exhibition featuring larger-than-life sculptures of aquatic animals, created entirely from plastic beach trash.

See Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea—click here to get your tickets!

Washed Ashore is included with a general admission ticket. Sculptures are located throughout the aquarium until Sept. 2018 and members always visit for free!

Upcoming events

Sept. 23: Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea opens with 10 sculptures. 

Join us for celebratory activities when Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea opens Sept. 23! Pick up a Washed Ashore passport booklet and get it stamped at each sculpture. Turn in your completed passport and Spin-to-Win some ocean-friendly prizes!

Plus, the Recycling Partnership will be at Shedd with interactive and educational activities that guests can participate in, including a KEEP CLEAN challenge and pledge.

About Washed Ashore

Sea Lion

About the art
Learn about the history behind Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea and see how the sculptures are made.

ClownfishShedd's commitment
See how Shedd has reduced our plastic use by
70 percent since 2013.

Stella the SeahorseHow you can help
Learn how you can keep single-use plastic out of our rivers, lakes and oceans.


See Washed Ashore in action

How does a plastic shark compare to the real thing? Use the slider below and spot the similarities!

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Photo: ©WashedAshore.org