Ocean Bombed

We have officially #OceanBombed Horsham District!

Horsham District has been 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 on 6th July, people aged 5 to 90 made art out of unwanted waste resources and then installed surprise art with environmental messages in nineteen locations – shops, salons, sports centre, Horsham library and the Carfax bandstand.

During the month of July there is 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. You are invited to visit all the art installations, collecting a letter displayed on the art trail posters (the bandstand is a green heart rather than a letter), unscramble the letters into three eco words, email to cort@sussexgreenliving.co.uk, certificates for all participants and a box of green living goodies will go to one name pulled out of the hat. Print off the flyer on the right and off you go! Trail ends on 31st July.

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 is we’d like to use up-cycled materials (plastics) as well as knitting or crocheting using acrylic wool (made of plastics).

We want people of all ages, whether you’re 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! You could even exhibit it in your school or a residential home – it doesn’t have to be on the street.


If you watched the recent 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 aims 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.

Your art will communicate the importance of waste reduction, recycling and reuse. We also want 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.


You can Ocean bomb anywhere in the Horsham District including in water bottle refill shops/locations. Or if you prefer, you can display your art in your own village or town. Or even your school or other community places such as residential homes.


Any time between now and the end of July 2019!

Tell me more:

Between now and July we would like some of the art to be displayed in the shops offering a water bottle refill service to raise awareness of this important service.  Within Horsham town alone, there are currently (at the time of writing) 25 refill shops. You can find water bottle refill shops and locations by downloading an app – learn more here.

You can either make your art at your own chosen location or you can join our creative upcycling volunteers at the Horsham Repair Cafe (1st Saturday of every month 10-4.30pm. The clothes repairs, textile upcycling, knitting and crochet session is 1.30-4.30pm). We have plenty of space where our wonderful volunteers will help you learn the skills of knitting and crochet.

You can either work on your own piece or with others to create a collaborative piece of ‘ocean art’. This project offers a wonderfully creative and social opportunity for everyone, so come and enjoy a friendly and inspiring environment.

How big should the piece of art be?

If it’s going outside, don’t hold back, the world is your oyster! The bigger and bolder, the better!

If the art is to be installed in a shop window it should be no bigger than 55cm x 55cm. If you’re going to create a hanging art piece, then no more than 55cm in diameter – hula hoops are great for this!

You choose the materials to use, but we are looking for plastic-based materials such as acrylic wool or upcycled plastic (recyclable or single-use).

Each piece of art should include a sign promoting our Share, Care and Repair Fair where there will be a public display of the portable art and a message from the community artists.

Download the template here.

What next?

If you’d like to put your installation into a shop window in Horsham find where you’d like to put it – and have a chat with the shop owner to make sure they are happy.

To avoid clashing art installations, once you’ve agreed with a shop or identified a public structure/location please let us know by emailing – cort@SussexGreenLiving.co.uk so we can confirm no one else has ‘reserved’ that shop or location and make sure it’s reserved for you.

Then, once you have ocean bombed/got your installation in place please email cort@SussexGreenLiving.co.uk with details of the location, date installed and send us your best photo of your ocean art and community message. We will then share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will use the hashtag of #OceanBombed and hopefully your messages will go viral and help people to deplasticise their lives and at least make small steps in the right direction.

We now have 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 have decided to leave them in the shops (subject to permission from the shops) and design an art trail to highlight all the art and the hosting shops.

This trail will be 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 is a modern piece using unwanted plastic materials, it reflects 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 has been displayed at the Share, Care and Repair Fair, it will be 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 will 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.

Thank you to the following shops who are currently hosting this 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

What will happen to your art after the show?

If you’d like to keep your art to display yourself, then, of course, you are more than welcome to do so. Just let us know so we don’t offer it to others.
Please remember that when you’re done with exhibiting your art, ensure they are recycled, or if they are hard plastics and have been painted they will have to go to Warnham.

Any knitted creations can be dismantled/unravelled and knitted into something new!

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

The official opening of the Share, Care and Repair Fair and the launch of the Community Eco Ocean Art Trail will be at 9 am by Councillor Kate Rowbottom, Chair of Horsham District Council and Dianne Dodsworth, Community Liaison & Environmental Compliance Officer West Sussex MBT Biffa. After the opening, they will be taken on a tour of the art installations in the local area to see the art in situ.

Ocean Bomb certificates to all entrants!

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

Click to download

Credit – https://twitter.com/KnitsforLife

Sussex people inspiring a climate for change


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