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Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

A traveling exhibit featuring massive, colorful sculptures of familiar ocean animals including reef fishes, sharks, octopus, penguins, sea lions and more made entirely of plastic marine debris removed from West Coast beaches. The collection provides a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways through these exquisite representations of marine animals, using flip-flops, bottle caps, packing straps, beverage bottles and thousands more pieces of plastic in every color of the rainbow.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Extreme Ice

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Through stunning photographic documentation and time-lapse videography of glaciers, Extreme Ice provides guests an emotionally visual representation of climate change. Artifacts on display include equipment and a customized camera that the photographer used on their expeditions. Guests will also learn about the technological advances James and his team created to capture such compelling footage. Other items on display include protective insulated clothing, helmets and climbing equipment. Guests can also touch and see a real 7-foot-tall ice wall, interact with maps showcasing the potential impact of coastal flooding around the world, see how rising temperatures will affect Chicago, explore the work of other ice scientists throughout the world and understand the part they can play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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