The installation depicts an underwater scene that could easily be mistaken for a tropical ocean but every creature on display makes its home in our Irish Sea. It’s full of marine wildlife, from well-known species like turtles, dolphins and jellyfish to the weird and wonderful sea potato and ocean quahog.
“We’ve created our underwater world using plastic bottles, nets, ropes, old clothes, sacking, footballs & other recyclable waste collected on our local beaches,” says Sally.
Sally and Gail have been collecting litter from the beach to use in the display for over a year. Over two-hundred-and-forty local adults and children contributed to the project, helping to create much of the marine wildlife populating the display, at community workshops held in Bootle, Crosby and Formby libraries over the summer.
Gail has found a use for every form of litter. There is a basking shark made from a sleeping bag and a washing basket, a ‘sock-topus’ sewn together from discarded clothing, a giant jellyfish made from abandoned lilos and many more engaging animals in the display.