Ocean Bombed

We officially #OceanBombed Horsham District!

In July 2019 Horsham District was bombarded with environmental art as part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and Horsham Festival.

In the run up to our Share, Care and Repair Fair, people, aged from 5 to 90, made art pieces out of unwanted waste resources which we installed along with environmental messages in nineteen locations around Horsham – shops, salons, sports centre, Horsham library and the Carfax bandstand.

We also held a Community Eco Ocean Art Trail around 14 locations in Horsham, 3 in Billingshurst, 1 at Bluecoats Sports at Christs Hospital and 1 in Southwater. People doing the trail could collect a letter displayed on the art trail posters along the way, unscramble the letters into three eco words and send the results to us. We gave certificates to all participants and a box of green living goodies went to one name pulled out of the hat.

What is Ocean Bombing?

It’s like yarn bombing, where knitted or crocheted art pops up overnight and covers objects or structures in public places. Here are some fab examples 

The difference with our ocean bombing was that we asked people to use up-cycled materials (plastics) as well as knitting or crocheting using acrylic wool (made of plastics).

We wanted to encourage people of all ages, whether they were from the community, residential homes, schools, groups and businesses etc., to design and make a piece of street or shop art then ‘ocean bomb’ Horsham and surrounding towns and villages during the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. They could exhibit it in their school or a residential home – it didn’t have to be on the street.


If you watched the documentaries Blue Planet or Drowning in Plastic, you will have seen we are producing and throwing away too much plastic.

In the UK alone, more than 5 million tonnes of plastic are bought each year. Of which only an estimated one-quarter is recycled with the remainder going to landfills where it will remain indefinitely, or incinerated, adding to global warming.
Learn about plastic pollution here.

This ‘Community Eco Ocean Art’ project aimed to provide inspiring educational displays throughout Horsham and the surrounding towns and villages with community messages about ways we can deplasticise our lives and the reasons we need to.

The art project wanted to communicate the importance of waste reduction, recycling and reuse. We also wanted it to highlight the environmental services already offered in Horsham.
Such as:

  • The water bottle refill service in many shops.
  • Personal and household cleaning product plastic bottle refill service offered once a month at the Horsham Repair Cafe.
  • Our special single-use plastic recycling scheme diverting plastics from landfill and incinerator to be made into something new and raise money for local charities. Download the flyer and collect.
  • Horsham’s very own ‘plastic free pantry’, Earthkind. They offer dry, organic and loose food service at the Horsham Repair Cafe and in Horsham Market 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month and the 2nd Thursday of the month in Wisborough Green.

What happened next?

We had 19 community eco ocean art installations in Billingshurst, West Sussex, Horsham and outlying villages. Rather than remove these beautiful pieces of art from their respective shops we decided to leave them in the shops (subject to permission from the shops) and created the art trail to highlight all the art and the hosting shops.

We shared the amazing art pieces on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag of #OceanBombed and we got a lot of traction which hopefully spread the news to help people to deplasticise their lives and at least make small steps in the right direction.

This trail was displayed at the Share, Care and Repair Fair along with a stunning piece of ocean art made by the art ambassadors from The Weald School.

The Weald art was a modern piece using unwanted plastic materials, it reflected coral bleaching (main causes being hotter seas due to global warming and chemicals in sunscreen – Green People Organic are working with us to communicate the problems and solutions of sunscreen).

After the Weald art had been displayed at the Share, Care and Repair Fair, it was exhibited in the Living Room in Swan Walk along with the art trail poster until the end of July. Then along with some of the other art, there was be a display at the Viridor/WSCC recycling facility at Ford and the Biffa education room in Warnham there afterwards. Many thanks to West Sussex County Council & West Sussex recycles.

We are grateful to the following shops who hosted our community eco ocean art:

CoCos Foundation
CC’S Emporium
FairKind Child
Bluecoat Sports Health & Fitness Club
Ceramic Shack
Sienna Rocks
Crates Local
Closs & Hamblin
Chococo Horsham
The Butterfly Project Horsham
Louise Sloane Opticians
Stop the Old Bags

The Share, Care and Repair Fair and our Community Eco Ocean Art project was kindly sponsored by BIFFA and Horsham District Year of Culture.

We are part of the UN World Environment Day a global youth movement on Plastic Pollution.

Do something to #Beatplasticpollution and join us in #OceanBombing Horsham District and surrounding areas! We will share your artwork and message with the WORLD!

Green inspiration through the arts

‘Refuse, redesign, remake, refill, reduce, recycle and respect’

Kindly supported by: Horsham District Year of Culture 2019

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Credit – https://twitter.com/KnitsforLife

Sussex people inspiring a climate for change