New artwork crafted from plastic waste is on display at the Galveston Cruise Terminal through March 2023
GALVESTON, TX (Jan 30, 2022) – Oceans cover over 70 percent of the planet providing a home for many aquatic animals, but plastic pollution in the waterways is on a rise harming the wildlife. Galveston Cruise Terminal is focused on protecting the ocean through green initiatives by partnering with Washed Ashore a traveling art exhibit aimed at educating the public about the hazards of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways.
Oregon-based non-profit Washed Ashore and Galveston Cruise Terminal have partnered on providing the City of Galveston with a crafted piece of artwork from debris collected from beaches. Priscilla the Parrot Fish was placed at the entrance of the terminal bringing education and artistry to the terminal, scheduled to be on display until March 2023.
The parrot fish, Priscilla, was chosen for display because of the unique colored highlights that reflect it. Parrotfish live in coral reefs and feed on algae and coral. As the coral passes through their system, it turns into sand, resulting in the beaches we enjoy today. To create Priscilla, debris items such as toys, bottle caps, buoys, toothbrushes, fishing baits, beer cans, lighters, and other plastic waste were used.
Ceres, along with its partner Royal Caribbean, is also the operator of Cruise Terminal 10. This brand-new terminal, referred to as Galveston Cruise Terminal (GCT) opened on November 9, 2022, under a long-term lease with the Port of Galveston.
Ceres values stewarding the environment and giving back to the community through support of food pantries, cleaning of local beaches and partnering with non-profit organizations that care for life-below the water.
“We are thrilled to have Washed Ashore’s artwork on display at the terminal,” said Rob Henkel, Vice President, Ceres Galveston. “Priscilla the Parrot Fish and other Washed Ashore pieces displayed in the City Galveston showcase the importance of recycling and caring for the earth. We believe cruise guests and the general public will enjoy interacting this beautiful and informative piece of art.”
About Ceres Terminals Incorporated
Ceres is a leader among marine terminal operators in North America. Operating in many of North America’s major ports, the Company provides terminal management as well as services for all types of cargo, including container, roll-on/roll-off, bulk, breakbulk, automotive, project, military, cruise, intermodal facilities, and M&R services. Ceres is focused on providing reliable services and handling customer needs 24/7, while investing in different industry sectors and partnering with many companies to continually enhance logistical requirements in the transportation industry.
About Washed Ashore
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, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Disney and many Zoos, Aquariums and Botanical Gardens across the United States.