A giant orange octopus sculpture that doubles as a trash can! Made by Tacoma artists Nichole Rathburn and Ed Kroupa of steel wire and mesh, the Trashoctopus is a fun invitation to pick up trash off our beaches and streets BEFORE it reaches the Salish Sea and ocean. Roving Tacoma parks on June weekends for Ocean Month…

Trash harms ocean life and us. Let’s protect our home.


Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup, Jack Hyde Park, June 5
Beachwalk at Titlow Beach, June 13
End of Puget Creek, Ruston Way, Tacoma, June 19
Tacoma Ocean Fest, Foss Waterway Seaport, June 6
Loading up with artists/roadies Nichole and Ed.
Swan Creek Cleanup, Swan Creek Park, Tacoma, June 26
Point Defiance Marina Boathouse, June 11-12
trashoctopus with bins
Hanging out with the other bins between gigs.
Trashoctopus Dune
Dune Peninsula Park at Point Defiance, Tacoma, June 27



On the road!


Nichole Rathburn

Nichole Rathburn

Nichole Rathburn is a sculptor and foundry artisan based in Tacoma. She has created several public installations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her most recent permanent artwork, Little Makers, was installed at Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park to honor the legacy of Dune author Frank Herbert and reflect the history of the site as the former ASARCO smelter.

Ed Kroupa

Tacoma-based artist Ed Kroupa creates sculptures and architectural elements for public spaces. A foundry artisan and master mold-maker, he is the owner of Two Ravens Studio and Art Foundry in Tacoma, Washington, where he designs and fabricates solo and collaborative artworks. His permanent installations for the City of Tacoma include Floating Life Forms on the Foss Waterway and Surgical Portraits at MultiCare Hospital. He is currently completing a life-size eagle for Northwest Trek.