Flip-flop animal sculptures at The Virginia Zoo

(Virginia Zoo photo by Winfield Danielson).

Norfolk, Va. – Designers have brought out the animal in flip flops at the Virginia Zoo.

Animal sculptures made of flip flops are now available in the Zoo’s gift shop.

The sculptures are part of an effort to recycle thousands of flip flops in the Indian Ocean, where flip flops are one of the largest marine pollutants. The company Ocean Sole takes these flip flops and pays artists in that area to make sculptures out of the footwear.

The Virginia Zoo’s executive director partnered with Ocean Sole and the San Diego Zoo to bring this art to the U.S. The Virginia Zoo is also the first zoo in the country to sell the flip flop sculptures.

Joseph Patterson, WTKR Intern