Exhibit proves one man’s garbage is another man’s art


Among the plants currently in bloom at Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County are Aloe Plants, White Angel Begonias and the colorful Musical Seaweed.

Musical Seaweed? Well, that may not be part of the bountiful flora you’ll come across while strolling through the gardens at Mounts, but you’re sure to see it, along with Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin and seven other larger than life sculptures.

They are all part of Mount’s current eye-catching and thought-provoking exhibit, “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea.” The exhibit features giant sea life creatures made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches to, according to Mounts, “graphically illustrate the tragedy of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.”

The ten sculptures are located throughout the 14 acres of Mounts.

“This exhibit captivates all ages, as it reiterates the critical importance of environmental conservation and sustainability,” says Rochelle Wolberg, curator-director at Mounts.

Other sculptures on display through June 3 include Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail and American Sea Star.

The exhibit is free for Mounts members and children 4 and under, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for children ages 5-12.

Mounts Botanical Garden is located at 531 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. For more information, go online to mounts.org.

Pictured above: Priscilla the Parrot Fish is one of 10 giant sculptures of sea life creatures now on display throughout Mounts Botanical Garden of Palm Beach County. The eye-catching works of art are all made entirely of marine debris collected from beaches. Photo by Jacek Gancarz

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