Tragic Harvest and Don't Waste The Day

Don't Waste The Day is a day of action which is part of the 2018 Telegraph Hill Festival, and which asks us all to consider how and why we use and dispose of plastics. Tragic Harvest, an artwork by local artist Angel McMahon, is part of Don't Waste The Day.

Tragic Harvest and Don’t Waste The Day

Don’t Waste The Day is a day of action which is part of the 2018 Telegraph Hill Festival, and which asks us all to consider how and why we use and dispose of plastics. Tragic Harvest, an artwork by local artist Angela McMahon, is part of Don’t Waste The Day.

Full details of all the events which form part of Don’t Waste The Day are in the Telegraph Hill Festival programme which you can download here.

The day kicks off with PLASTIC SUNDAY, a service at St Catherine’s Church, asking us to consider the environment, and pledge to do all we can to maintain and preserve it.  You’ll find all the details here.

There’s been some great work by Angela McMahon and Stephen Carrick-Davies in getting local schools energised and engaged by the ideas behind Tragic Harvest and Don’t Waste The Day.

Now, we would love more adults to be involved in making the sea creatures to ‘hang’ off the nets.  Would you spend some time making a sea creature from waste plastics as part of our Tragic Harvest installation?

Artist’s Statement

The installation is designed by local artist Angela McMahon working in collaboration with Sara Willett and is called Tragic Harvest.

The work includes fantastical and strange sea creatures suspended above the ground, as if floating in the sea. These are imagined, strange and bizarre creatures that might emerge from a sea polluted by plastic. Ghosts of creatures we may lose or have lost from pollution or futuristic, inedible mutant creatures that might evolve in the mass of floating plastic if we continue to put plastic into the oceans. Fishing nets of plastic waste symbolise the harvest that awaits.

This is a collaborative project. The local community, including schools, youth groups, older peoples’ groups, individuals, artists (anyone) are encouraged to participate by making their own plastic creature to add to the installation.

By collecting and making something with plastic, we are engaging with it, noticing all the different types and colours, contemplating our relationship with it and how ubiquitous it is in our lives. We get a visceral experience of something we normally just throw away. The installation is a visual metaphor, by coming together as a community we can make something big happen – exactly what we need to do with plastic waste.

All the plastic used in the installation will be recycled afterwards.

There is even a special competition for children to create mutated sea creatures out of plastic for inclusion in the installation. If you want to be involved, take a look at this or email

Don’t Waste the Day – #DWTD

  • A Plastic Symposium on Saturday 17th at Hill Station invites you to downsize your environmental footprint
  • St Catherine’s Church is hosting a Plastic Sunday, exploring how pollution affects our planet and what we can do closer to home to prevent this … a participatory Message on a Bottle invites you to make a pledge. You’ll find all the details here
  • At Telegraph Hill Centre, a Wall of Ideas invites your ideas and pledges for reducing plastic
  • Tragic Harvest, an installation by local artist Angela McMahon, will be in St Catherine’s Churchyard and will highlight the issue of plastic waste
  • Help create the Big Green Gameget the lowdown here and book your place

There is much else besides on Sunday 18th March, so make a day of it

  • a Jumble Trail puts recycling into practical application – see the whole trail here;
  • local history walks explore the radical history of where we live, on foot;
  • at Besson Street Garden you can learn to make an edible hanging basket, or have an introduction to bee-keeping and the world of bees – sessions are free but need to be booked in advance, here;
  • Southwark Sinfonia invite you to explore the world of animals and our relationship with them with a musical guided tour to Peter and the Wolf and the Carnival of The Animals in St Catherine’s Church (book ahead)