The National Aquarium’s presence at Artscape, America’s largest free art festival, was threefold: an interactive octopus sculpture, a Sea Change action wall and a virtual reality experience visualizing a better future for Baltimore’s waterfront.
Maryland Institute College of Art graduate and visual artist Kasey Jones was the creative force behind the 30-foot octopus constructed out of recycled plastic materials. Festivalgoers of all ages were given the opportunity to add suckers to the octopus’s arms while they learned about the impact plastic pollution is having on aquatic systems.
Visitors also got the chance to “be the change” at our Sea Change action wall. More than 900 community members made pledges to take action to help our ocean planet–promising to skip the straw while eating out, use reusable containers at the grocery store and more. Guests were also given #SeaChange pins to take home as a reminder of their commitment to conservation.
The fun didn’t end at the pledge and pin walls, though!
In collaboration with Mosaic Learning, a virtual reality experience showed guests the Aquarium’s vision for a healthier harbor, including a look at the floating wetland prototype, biohabitats and the different animals already inhabiting the water between our piers.
Thank you to the nearly 10,000 festivalgoers who visited us during Artscape!
Learn more about Sea Change and join the movement at joinseachange.com.