Press release: From ocean waste to extraordinary art
The UK P&I Club commissions Dolphin sculpture made of reclaimed flip-flops in support of charity Ocean Sole
- Sculpture being exhibited in Thomas Miller Group's reception to celebrate the UK Club's 150th Anniversary
The UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has commissioned a two metre long, 76 kilo, multi-coloured dolphin sculpture made out of reclaimed flip-flops cleared from the East African coastline by social enterprise Ocean Sole.
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 from burning coal and oil and use of plastics and cheap labour. The sculpture has been placed in the Thomas Miller Group Reception in Fenchurch Street, London, 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 P&I 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 of Thomas Miller P&I, said: "We welcome the opportunity to commission Ocean Sole for this amazing piece of art as they are making a real difference to the marine ecosystem and tackling the ever-increasing polluting effects of plastic usage. We are extremely proud of our 150-year heritage, but it is vital to look forward to ensure that shipping remains ready for the challenges of the future and we are committed to raising awareness of the effects of pollution, as well as improving safety at sea."
For more information please visit http://www.oceansole.co.uk/
For further details, please contact:
Jonathan Atkins / Alastair Doyle / Sonia Cordoba
UKP&I@fourbroadgate.com / +44 (0) 20 3697 4200
Notes to Editors
The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1869 the UK P&I Club insures over 240 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. 'A (Stable)' rated by Standard & Poor's with free reserves and hybrid capital of $558m, the UK P&I Club is renowned for its specialist skills and expertise which ensure 'best in class' underwriting, claims handling and loss prevention services.
The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.
Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.
Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller's origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.
Principal activities include:
- Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
- Investment management for institutions and private clients
- Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
- Managing General Agency