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January 25, 2013

Texas State Aquarium Debuts Local Artist's Work: Beach Trash Turned to Art

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – On Tuesday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m., the Texas State Aquarium will debut several contemporary art pieces by local artist Shelia Rogers. The trash-turned-art is a collection of thousands of pieces of discarded plastic that ended up in the ocean and eventually washed ashore, was scrubbed clean, and sorted by color to create an inspiring collection of art.

What looks like a colorful, textured art piece from afar actually turns into thousands of plastic items like milk caps and straws upon closer inspection. Rogers hopes that her art sends a powerful message of just how harmful and massive plastics pollution is to the environment.

Plastics are especially harmful to shoreline animals like sea turtles and birds, which can become entangled in the debris or mistake the trash for food. The Aquarium sees these issues on a regular basis with animals that come through its Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. One of the Aquarium’s rehabilitated hawksbill sea turtles, Hemingway, is now a permanent resident due to injuries sustained from fishing line entanglement.



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and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.