The Other Zoo News – Washed Ashore

With all the tragic news about Harambe, the silverback gorilla that was shot to save a child at the Cincinnati Zoo, it’s nice to see other positive zoo news.

Washed Ashore is a multi-venue sculpture exhibit that is currently being hosted at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo through September 5, 2016. The large sea-life sculptures are made with plastic and other such trash items that have washed ashore.

What a great and colorful use of everyday, tossed-and-forgotten objects that really validates the statement, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In this case, artwork that is truly everywhere.

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Trash to Musical Treasure – the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

How moving is this? What an incredible program. The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra helps impoverished children in Paraguay make musical instruments from others’ trash that they collect and then teaches them how to play their new found treasures, as part of the Recycled Orchestra. They bring joyful music to all our ears and in the process fill themselves with hope.

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This makes me think of one of my favorite movies, The Mission — the power of music instilling grace and hope with a remarkable, inspirational story.