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The National Aquarium is excited to be part of Artscape’s water-themed festival this year!

Published July 10, 2015

Our community outreach team will be at the nation’s largest free arts festival with local artist, Kasey Jones. Similar to her 2014 project, Jones is building a hammerhead shark sculpture, which festival attendees will have an opportunity to collaborate on. 

The 16-foot hammerhead shark is being constructed out of plastic bottles collected from the National Aquarium’s past conservation events around the Chesapeake Bay region. 

shark sculpture

The hammerhead shark, which can be found in waters local to the Maryland area, is aimed to engage and inform the Baltimore community on the effects of microplastic. Microplastics are a growing problem in our water’s today and can be found in everything from the water we drink, to the marine food we eat. 

While participating in the creation of the sculpture, Artscape attendees will be able to learn what steps they can take to reduce the use of plastic, and how they can help make our local waters safer. 

It is our hope that projects like this one can become powerful platforms for communities such as Baltimore to affect social and environmental change.

For those who are attending Artscape in Baltimore, please feel free to stop by and help us create our sculpture! We hope to see you there!

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