A 1,000-pound penguin? A 14-foot trigger fish? See those and more at Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a limited-time special exhibition featuring 19 larger-than-life sculptures of aquatic animals, created entirely from plastic beach trash.

Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea closes Sept. 23—click here to get your tickets!

Washed Ashore is included with a general admission ticket. Sculptures are located throughout the aquarium until Sept. 23. 2018 and members always visit for free!

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.

Washed Ashore MapDownload a Washed Ashore map!
Find your favorite Washed Ashore sculptures when you visit Shedd! (PDF 6 MB)

Washed Ashore FlowersGo on a Washed Ashore scavenger hunt!
See if you can find these unique items—and think of ways to reduce your own plastic use!


See Washed Ashore in action

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


Photo: ©WashedAshore.org