This one-of-a-kind sustainable art exhibit made entirely out of plastics waste from the Pacific Ocean arrives in Burnaby, for the first time in Western Canada. “Washed Ashore”, Art to Save the Sea exhibit, opened on February 23rd at Metropolis at Metrotown


You’ll find the amazing exhibit at Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby) – Grand Court. It’s easily reached by car (there is plenty of free parking). Buses also stop right outside­­ and there is a sky train stop close by—you can plan your visit via the TransLink website.

“Washed Ashore” exhibit, will be on display in the Grand Court of Metropolis at Metrotown until April 30, 2022! This family-friendly exhibit is free to the public to view during mall hours (Monday to Saturday, 10am – 9pm & Sunday and holidays, 11am – 7pm).


The Washed Ashore Exhibit is a beautiful and impactful art display, created to educate visitors on the importance of sustainability and reducing plastics from our oceans. The exhibit consists of 9 giant marine wildlife sculptures made entirely of waste that has been collected from the Pacific Ocean. Originally from Oregon in the U.S., this is the first time the exhibit will be in Western Canada. Approximately six million tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year. Each sculpture on display highlights what types of waste can be found in the ocean, from beach toys and plastic containers to automobile tires and electronics. Some of the marine sculptures on display at Metropolis include Octavia the Octopus, a 9 ft x 12 ft Octopus weighing 1200 lbs., and Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, spanning 10 ft high and 12 ft long, weighing 1800 lbs.


Metropolis at Metrotown wants to know what you think! Visit the Washed Ashore Art Exhibit and tell them about your visit for a chance to win $500 Metropolis Gift Card and $500 donation to an environmental charity of your choice! Enter daily at the contest kiosks in Grand Court.

Also if you share photos from your visit on Instagram using hashtag #METWashedAshore and @metropolisatmet you could win a weekly eco-prize pack with a Metropolis gift card.


Washed Ashore, Art to Save the Sea is a non-profit organization committed to combating plastic pollution through art and education. Their mission is to build and exhibit aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in the ocean and waterways and to spark positive changes in consumer habits. In ten years, Washed Ashore has processed over 35 tons of plastic pollution from the Pacific Northwest’s ocean beaches to create over 85 works of art that are awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

Washed Ashore has exhibited their giant sculptures at many noteworthy venues including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Disney and many zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens across the United States. This is the first time the exhibit is on display in Western Canada.

Watch their documentary Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea here.

To learn more about Washed Ashore, visit their website.