The Dolphin sculpture comprises of recycled flip-flops and 15kg of Styrofoam, which was created by senior artisans Bryant Muhaji and Fredrick Learamo. Through their work for Ocean Sole, they transform washed up flip-flops into art to raise visual awareness of the scale of the flip-flop pollution problem. The sculpture has been placed in the UK Club’s London office in Fenchurch Street, for the duration of the anniversary.
Whilst many are aware of the global plastic problem, highlighted globally by Sir David Attenborough, few people realise the extent of the ‘flip-flop problem’, as masses of discarded flip-flops pile up and block waterways for fresh water, land for growing food, fresh water and ultimately destroy marine-life. Ocean Sole is a social enterprise which is keen to raise awareness of these issues and whose mission is to turn flip-flop pollution into inspiring art to promote marine conservation and create employment opportunities in underdeveloped communities.
By supporting this cause by this commission The UK Club is able to support Ocean Sole clean up the oceans, provide steady income to over 1,200 low-income Kenyans, and invest in a welfare programme for its employees and their families by contributing around 15% of its revenue to beach clean ups and marine conservation programmes.
Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chairman, Thomas Miller P&I, says: “We welcome the opportunity to commission Ocean Sole for this wonderful piece of art. We are fully supportive of the great work being undertaken by Ocean Sole who are making a real difference to the marine ecosystem and tackling the ever-increasing polluting effects of plastic usage, and we believe it is a fitting way of supporting this incredible charity in the year the Club celebrates its 150th Anniversary. These are truly global environmental threats that touch everyone directly or indirectly and UK P&I Club is committed to helping raising awareness of these issues.”
The dolphin named Pomboo is the UK Club's 150th Sculpture it is currently on display in 90 Fenchurch. Pomboo is dolphin in Swahili!
Watch one of the artists in action buffing pomboo!
The UK Club has commissioned Kenyan based charity Ocean Sole to create a sculpture to commemorate the Club’s 150th anniversary.
Ocean Sole turn washed up flip-flops in to art and raise visual awareness of the scale of the flip-flop pollution problem in East Africa. In 2018, Ocean Sole transformed over 750,000 or 47,000 kg of flip-flop waste, and turned waste into art. As well as cleaning up the oceans, Ocean Sole provide steady income to nearly 100 low-income Kenyans through the venture. As well as investing in a welfare programme for their employees and their families, Ocean Sole contributes around 15% of its revenue to beach clean ups and marine conservation programmes.