In 2014, New Forest-based artist, Trudi Lloyd Williams, blogged about her marine art project focusing on jellyfish and plastic pollution.
The project raised awareness about local marine wildlife and encouraged people to help care for the seas by reducing their plastic bottle consumption.
It has been an amazing week here at the ONCA gallery in Brighton. We have had record numbers visiting the ‘Jellytastic’ exhibition and participating in workshops. Many thanks to Lauren and Emma for supporting the activities. Thank you also to Year 4 at Middle Street Primary, Brighton for making me so welcome and emerging themselves in all things Jellytastic.
Today, Tuesday is the Wildlife Trusts Making Waves Conference and they are here this evening for the culmination of the project and to make their own jellyfish!
It will be sad to take down the exhibition, but I think ‘Jellytastic’ has touched many people here in Brighton.
The August Bank Holiday weekend saw ‘Jellytastic’ arrive beside the Lymington River at the Salt Water Baths. Surrounded by water on all sides the Jellyfish sculpture danced in the breeze and twinkled at night reflected in the swimming pool and the river. Yachts and boats were moored up in the marina a few feet away and the Lymington ferry passed by at half hourly intervals. The footpath adjacent to it is one of the most popular along the South coast and conservative estimates said some 30,000 people walked by Jellytastic during its installation!
Polly and her team led Undersea Explorer snorkel sessions in the baths.
Final stop next month on the ‘Jellytastic’ tour is the ONCA gallery Brighton.
Take a day trip to Brighton and visit the gallery!
‘Jellytastic’ went to the seaside at Bognor Regis with Sussex Wildlife Trust and Bognor Town Council with their Funshine event.
Arriving on the esplanade at 6.30am, the light was so ethereal and beautiful, I could imagine Turner painting one of his amazing seascapes.
The jellyfish looked great suspended under the bandstand canopy and bobbed around in the cooling breeze. Many thanks to all those who made jellyfish, mobiles and kites throughout the day.
Next stop Lymington Salt Water Baths on the ’Jellytastic’ tour, see you there!
What a great few days we had at Lepe Country Park, ‘Jellytastic’s’ first outing! Setting it up in the wind proved an interesting experience fortunately several large ground anchors ensured we didn’t get blown away.
Michael O’Leary the story teller enthralled hundreds of families with his jellyfish tales under the ‘Jellytastic’ canopy and I assisted about 130 children make their very own jellyfish out of recycled plastic bottles.
Next stop Bognor!
Despite the glorious sunshine outside, in my studio all the collected bottles are taking shape and morphing into jellyfish! Cutting, sanding, piercing and distorting before being set afloat at Marine Wonders at Lepe Country Park 5th & 6th August.
‘Jellytastic’ will be on tour along the South Coast check the ‘Get Involved’ page for further information.
Monday was a warm sunny day spent in the New Forest at William Gilpin School. A big thank you to all the children and staff who had a whirlwind tour of jellyfish, the whole school in a day, Phew!
What was amazing, they had virtually filled their plastic bottle collector in a week, fantastic.
The children really got to grips with making their own jellyfish with a huge variety of tentacles.
Look out for their poetry on the ‘Jellytastic’ jellyfish gallery.
Making a jellyfish sculpture
The plastic bottle collection bin is almost full!
This week Jellytastic went to Beaulieu School where we immersed ourselves in all things jellyfish! From microscopic close ups of jellyfish tentacles to videos of moon jellyfish in the Beaulieu River to the glorious barrel jellyfish looking like a chandelier! We discovered the jellyfish’s life cycle, wrote poems and created a bloom of our very own jellyfish made from the plastic bottles that we collected and recycled. All the pupils and teachers took part in the workshops and year 6 went on a kayaking trip on the Beaulieu River spotting the moon jellyfish!
This weekend has been an amazing one for spotting jellyfish – see my photos below of Barrel jellyfish washed up on Barton beach. They are appearing in the Solent and along the Hampshire and Dorset coastline. Keep your eyes open.
Author Trudi Lloyd Williams
Jellyfish spotting on the Beaulieu River becomes more technical! I’m now equipped with the river tide timetables, plastic bucket and camera. A light breeze and cloud, tide still gently flooding gradually give way to slack, still water and clear blue skies and late afternoon sun.
Staring into the cloudy water, seeing these angelic, wafting creatures appear from the gloom, pulsating, rolling, twirling. Mesmeric!
Rushing home to download the images and excitedly sifting through the photos, what amazing creatures, such fragile beauty.
My camera captures so much more than my eyes can see…