Learn about pioneer history and find sculptures made of marine debris.
An 11-foot bronze elephant on its hind legs—an emblem of settlers’ eye-opening journeys West—greets visitors at the California Trail Interpretive Center in Elko, Nev. Replicas of typical pioneer encampments highlight the rigors of wagon travel. californiatrailcenter.org.
Washed Ashore, an eco-arts organization based in Bandon, Ore., creates sea-debris sculptures to raise awareness of marine habitat pollution. The group’s volunteers have turned 12 tons of plastic trash into more than 45 larger-than-life ocean creatures, including Rufus the Triggerfish. Find traveling exhibits at washedashore.org.
Photography courtesy of Dianne L. Cooper, Sculptor
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