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Recycled Art at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando unveils a new sculpture garden made from items recovered from coastal cleanups.

They say one man's trash is another's treasure. This is literally the case at SeaWorld's new SEA Garden, which includes four sculptures made from trash collected during coastal cleanups. From afar, visitors will notice a whimsical parrot fish, a sea horse, sea anemone and an octopus. But at a closer look, visitors will discover thousands of pieces of trash, from aluminum cans and plastic bottles to styrofoam and old brushes that either washed ashore or were abandoned on the beach.

©SeaWorld Orlando sea horse

The sculptures were designed by The Washed Ashore Project, a national environmental art group, who says 90 percent of the debris collected on the coast is petroleum-based, including plastic and nylon. Besides their art at SeaWorld Orlando, The Washed Ashore Project is exhibiting a dozen more pieces throughout the country.

©SeaWorld Orlando octopus

The SEA Garden is part of SeaWorld's 50th anniversary celebration. Other events to commemorate the golden milestone include concerts, children's activities and a new night-time Shamu show. The SEA Garden exhibit, which opened in March and runs through September of 2015, gives visitors the opportunity to admire amazing art with a powerful message. Now that's an idea worth recycling.