This blog will be a curvilinear stream of consciousness. A stream between both hemispheres of my brain, and yours. Living Sea Sculpture is more than an object, it is an intricate web of life, philosophy, and process. Dot-to-dot drawings are predetermined,
but as we build our lives, we are lucky to have the freedom to connect whatever “dots” we choose or notice. I am happy to be starting this conversation, what I hope will become an ongoing international conversation, about all aspects of human interaction with our coastal cousins.
Over the years, I realize there’s not a place for people to talk freely about coral restoration and marine ecosystem solutions in a personal and informal way. Why? All the details and ins and outs of processes, people, organisms are tied together intimately.
Lots of blogs and articles (and me) have repeatedly relayed the information about Biorock reefs (…low volt direct current precipitates limestone minerals to deposit…alkaline buffer zone..grow faster, survive warming…). Other man-made reefs and coral nurseries have some glowing moments on green sites and in nature magazines also, yet the conclusion is the same: through a portrait of this man (fill in the blank) we can make the point that corals and other animals are endangered due to human activities and here is a sort of lone hero bucking the odds. The odds may be stacked, but that is the call to ACT.
Wherever you are with whatever you know, you know enough to enter this conversation and have incredible impact. We can build new projects and coral conservatories together if we find each other.
I just read an article that said waiting for government or big corporations to take the lead on this is not the way. Agreed. They will get involved, they are involved, and individuals from all backgrounds need inlets to get involved too. Being nimble is an asset. Coral restoration is not rocket science (although you can be a rocket scientist and do it); it is a practice and technology that grows out of a desire to cultivate healthier relationships with ourselves and our planet, to heal what is not well and find fun and adventure along the way.
Maybe you just have a fascination with playing with organic matter. Whether you approach it as a gardener who longs for beautiful form and colorful vitality, an engineer who “knows” there is a better way to electrify an artificial reef (talk to me), a fisherman who needs fish, a scientist who wants to study the effects of low volt current on Zooxanthellae within coral polyps, a homeowner who doesn’t want to be washed to sea, a resort owner who woos tourists, an artist that makes sculpture, a diver that breathes underwater…
I’m not sure why I took so long to start this. I have a lot to say and want to hear from you. If you are part of the Living Sea Sculpture diaspora waiting to find your homeland, Welcome!