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Press Release: Diving, Art, and Ocean Stewardship Come Together for a Unique Ocean Experience

Dive & Draw 2020 | Cozumel, Mexico | March 22 – 26 Diving, Art, and Ocean Stewardship Come Together for a Unique Ocean Experience FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2020 Organizer: Colleen Flanigan Living Sea Sculpture, LLC. 503-887-7650 LivingSeaSculpture@gmail.com What: Dive and Draw Experience 2020 – bringing diving, art, and ocean stewardship together When: March 22 – 26, 2020 Where: Cozumel, Mexico Who: For All Scuba Divers, Snorkelers, and Artists interested in new ocean experiences Read more…

Reality-Remix at The IMC LAB

Opening this Saturday, 11/2, 6-8pm, 340 E 64th St., NY, NY IMC Lab is pleased to present Reality Remix, an #interactive #multimedia #exhibit of artifacts from the near future, including radical new art & technologies highlighting the latest revolutions in painting, sculpting, 3D printing, holographic computing, neuroscience, VR, AR, mixed reality arts & A.I.. Artists Josef Albers, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Henri Matisse, Richard Prince, Scott Draves, Colby Cannon, Colleen Flanigan, Fred Fleisher, Vince Fraser, David Read more…

“Accumulets” – Amulets and substrates

Colleen Flanigan has been making “accumulets”, amulets and small experiments for coral restoration work at UCSC’s Coastal Campus. So grateful to Dr. Don Potts and researcher, John Koster, for welcoming her into their wetlab to explore and investigate. Close to 90 small accumulets soon ready to share with you! The individual steel mesh forms are like bare skeletons transformed by electrolysis through seawater. They are fleshed out with minerals flowing in from the sea.  Each Read more…

VR Google Tiltbrush Dragon by Colleen Flanigan

Dextra VR Summit

VR Summit in VR | Colleen Flanigan VR Artist in residence, Google Speaker.
TiltBrush is changing the way art happens. Now no more is the brush just a 2D device, artists can now create entire handcrafted landscapes using the power of TiltBrush. Listen to our experts discuss some of their work in VR.

Image of Grunt fish and coral in Cozumel Mesoamerican reef

MAR FUND 2018 Photo Contest Finalist | Your VOTES Help Living Sea Sculpture

This image “Are you Hiding or Posing?“ was taken very close to the Living Sea Sculpture, Zoe. The Grunt (fish) placed himherself perfectly. Even with the camera delay the beautiful model was captured in this shot. Now it is a finalist in the MAR FUND 2018 photo contest.  Until 11:59PM in Guatemala on October 28th, PUBLIC VOTING is open for this contest.  There are prizes for the top 3 places, including a GoPro and cash. We would LOVE Read more…

Art Moments Budapest – Site #3 – Mikve | The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic?!

Colleen Flanigan’s VR Coralization Video was chosen to be included in this festival. An amazing venue in Art Moments, The Universal Sea Budapest Festival, will be the Mikve, an old Jewish Ritual Bath. WHERE?? Mikve, 1014 Budapest, Palota Street 1 Literally, it means “a gathering of waters” and it involves the concepts of “T’umah” (ritual impurity) and “Taharah” (ritual purity). It was designed for the Jewish rite of purification. So what place could be better to host our exhibition. Read more…

Living Sea Sculpture exhibit at Art Prize 10

ArtPrize 10 2018 | Water Colors Aquarium Gallery | Living Sea Sculpture

Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture was in the top 100 public vote for Art Prize 10 and placed in the top 25 in her category of Time-Based Art. “Out of 1263 total artworks from 40 countries, exciting to be representing coral reefs in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With no ocean in sight it was rewarding to connect with so many visitors and feel the positive response by all who enter Water Colors Aquarium Gallery. “~ Colleen Read more…

ArtPrize Graphic Waterscapes

ArtPrize 10 | 2018

Zoe is livestreaming along with photos of the project for #ArtPrize10 | 2018

Lucky we connected with Water Colors Aquarium Gallery for this unique opportunity to share our mutual love of corals, the ocean, and art.

Visit if you’re in Grand Rapids, MI. You can learn more about the work and event here.

https://www.artprize.org/68204

Cast your first vote at an ArtPrize venu, then vote from anywhere in the world!

Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration August 24 – September 27, 2018

80 Years of the Nature Lab Living Sea Sculpture is honored to be included in The Nature Lab at RISD Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration, an exhibition curated in collaboration with William Myers that marks the culmination of our 80th-anniversary celebrations. The exhibition runs from Aug 25—Sept 27 and showcases recent examples of design and art that inform our complex relationship with nature and help us decipher how it may evolve in the future. To launch Read more…

Colleen Flanigan holding staghorn coral transplant in front of Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture

Colleen Flanigan in Cozumel Propagating, Pampering, and Planting Endangered Corals July 22 – October 15, 2018

Colleen will be in Quintana Roo Cozumel, Mexico during coral spawning season to collect and propagate endangered corals. She’ll be working in collaboration with several passionate Coral Defenders to help corals along in their reproduction by growing healthy corals in the lab, to be transplanted into the ocean and on Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture. Colleen will be sharing images and video of the efforts of Living Sea Sculpture and others during the spawning season. Read more…

Back in Cozumel – Sergeant Major Fish Welcomes The Live Stream Crowd

  On Saturday while representing Zoe and Living Sea Sculpture at a Marine Science Fair all about corals in Playa Del Carmen’s SAYAB Planetarium, I caught this Sergeant Major whizzing by with my iphone. I love the shot, yet not the calcium deposits on the protective globe around the webcam, or the blurring. I just arrived in Cozumel today by ferry. Some rolling currents and “cold” grey weather for the next few days, but as Read more…

Exhibit this Saturday

If in Santa Cruz, come by! I just made a little something for the show yesterday. It’s truly a fab place. Jordan Layman, who runs the Idea Fab Labs, along with the rest of his team, do a great job in creating a welcoming atmosphere and are very helpful if interested in becoming a member. The whole Wrigley Building will be having a holiday bizarre with opportunity to see all the creative design and things Read more…

Heating up – Front lines of Climate Change

A chance to hear Bill McKibben of 350.org popped up. No one wanted to sit in the front row, but I DID! To think, if only oil companies and governments had invested in renewable energy 25 years ago…He quoted scientists from a couple years ago saying, “Our oceans will be hot, sour, and breathless,” in regards to the rate we are pumping carbon into the sea. We’re already at 403ppm. We have no time to waste. Read more…

Stop motion video with sea creatures

Become a Zoaista

    We have plans to grow our coral conservation and reef restoration projects, make new reefscapes, and Living Sea Sculptures in 2018. You can follow and become a member of our Patreon where there will be more participation.  

VR – coral reefs

As one of the 1st of 60 artists-in-residence with Google’s Tilt Brush, a portal of awesome opened up for me! Immersed in a dark space, magical colorful dream world comes to life before your headset-wearing eyes with your movements. The “brushes” are a mix of markers, paint brushes, physical-feeling extruded light, audio-activated pulsating colors…it was such a great residency. Playing with materials without any outcome in mind is so important to my well-being. Even with Read more…

New Year Cycles

Happy New Year! Politics aside, 2017 is off to a good start. The last days of 2016 and the first week of 2017 were filled with special endings and beginnings, just the way solstice likes it as we consider longer days. I know, I’m in Mexico with more sun than most, but I still love to take this time of year to be grateful, let go and make space for what’s to grow in spring. Read more…

diver planting coral on biorock living sea sculpture art

Transplanting Coral In Cozumel

I published my first Instructable!! I was wanting to, meaning to, and finally, DID IT! I enjoyed it, and even more, I feel so happy to finally be finding my way to share more through the one-to-many approach. One-to-one is slow going when you are dealing with processes, such as art, science, and tech to rehabilitate corals and experiment with new transformational innovation. Online tutorials and communities are obviously an organic, inspiring way to build Read more…

Snowflakes : COP13 Blue Economy

Do you know about COP13? It’s going on now in Cancún. Lots of great friends are there now, as I write this, working to inspire policy shifts and governmental support for important environmental initiatives, including many for water, carbon, wildlife, and sustainable development all under the big umbrella of biodiversity. One friend happened to be in just the perfect place at the right time to hand her Healthy Reefs for Healthy People report card for Read more…

ONWARD! #givingtuesday #razoogivingtuesday16

With the US presidential election making rough and freaky waves through the world of environmental and human rights, and everything else, I had to do something to lighten my heart and mind NOW. Usually that means I have to throw myself into work and focus. The sinking feeling and clawing at my eyeballs through the tears gets tiring. I started this campaign today! Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture is part of the #givingtuesday annual Read more…

Zoe is in the SEA!!!

On Sept 8, 2016, we received our final signature from the government to install Zoe in an incredible home. Zoe touched the seafloor in Cozumel, Mexico on September 23, 2016. Plans to be part of MUSA in Cancún were blocked due to challenges with our electrical and internet needs. Unlike the cement sculptures, Zoe requires more infrastructure. Huge thanks to Ingmar Gonzalez Krotzsch for introducing me to Cozumel and uniting an incredible team! He envisioned exactly Read more…

Luz Verde for Zoe

It’s happening! I’m sitting outside using some wifi in Puerto Morelos while all the puzzle pieces are Tetrising (verb) into place to install Zoe in Cozumel sea by month’s end. So exciting to be working with such an incredible crew. Here are just a few from Qualti Innovaciones Marinas who worked on the authorization with the government and will be responsible for installation with the rest of the US and Swedish team coming in on Read more…

OpenROV in Quintana Roo

Just launched our expedition on Open Explorer. Hugely grateful to David Lang, Fellow TED Fellow and co-founder of OpenROV, for helping us to receive a grant to play with this new toy and tool. Please follow along at ROVing the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef! We’ll be ROVing in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, starting in June. Very excited about this new Caribbean adventure with so many incredibly fun, caring, and brilliant people. Lots of complex Read more…

Fundación Aitana Connects with Corals

Gustavo Navarrette and I arrived at Fundación Aitana in Cancún on March 19th to give our Zoe Reef reFORMed art and science workshop to the fabulous children, their nurturing families, and generous volunteers. As always, my favorite part is being drawn into the unknown and the surprising results. It is like watching something bloom in real time as we feel and see our way forward in each emergent moment. Everyone semi-consciously feeds each others’ curiosity Read more…

ArtCOP21 ZOE Reef reFORMed

Before I arrived in Mexico late December 2014, I was already anticipating COP21. I had marched with the Climate March in New York in September, and am in the wave of humanity doing something to address and reduce our carbon crisis. My initial aim was to work with interactive technologists to projection map ZOE, our Living Sea Sculpture in Cancun, onto a unique building in Paris during this important Climate Change event. With a live-streaming Read more…

TEDxCancún

September 18th, 2015 was the first ever TEDxCancún. It took Mónica Alba and her team 4 years to get the license because there was some doubt at the top that Cancun is a “real city,” not just a Spring Break party destination. It definitely is a developing place deserving of critical thinking and ideas worth spreading. From the cenotes to the sea, to birth, communities, entrepeneurs, tech, there is a lot of growth and desire Read more…

On Our Radar

Respire – The Coral Corollary is acknowledged by Creative Capital’s On Our Radar through September 30th, 2015. Another highly competitive grant for artists, Creative Capital generously represents some 400 artist projects who made it to the 2nd or 3rd round of their selection process through their searchable database. IMC respire1 from Colleen Flanigan on Vimeo. This raw video I took one night while interactive technologist, James Tunick of The IMC LAB + GALLERY, and I Read more…

Geometries Patterns Music

I’m studying Spanish while here in Mexico, and had the fortune to meet Dr. ‘West’ Marrin in class last week. Through our raw Spanish conversation, we realized we had a mutual fascination with the ocean, not only in the macro sense, but in the micro, sonic, geometric, and chemical. We got lazy (or real) and spoke in English to discover we had a number of mutual friends and colleagues in common back in the US, Read more…

Prototypes for Coral Housing

Form is part of the formula for creating coastal community housing. Here we’re trialing  project housing (not necessarily low cost to produce, but readily available for marginalized coral communities) on small-scale so we can ramp up to meet the growing needs of the globe using a simple math equation: ~!^!~  + **^V^** + /\/\/\#<><>#/\/\/\ = <{*}(>>>)< (form + volume + comfort = housing) I arrived in Mexico with some steel screen that stirs my imagination Read more…

Scouting el Sitio

Hola! Scouting installation site in Punta Nizuc. photo courtesy of Ray Santisteban I arrived here in Quintana Roo on December 28th. I wanted to experience my first Mexican New Year’s Eve, an advance celebration of ZOE installation into el mar. Date still to be determined, but as director, manager, producer, artist, my job is to find eternal internal resources to keep saying, “We aim to install __________ .” (put upcoming month in the blank.) It’s Read more…

Mexico Mexitel

Since arriving in Mexico to finalize and install ZOE, things are moving smoothly. Every part of me knows it was the right thing to put my stuff in storage and come here free of strict time constraints. I’ve met people every day, from photographers, to musicians, dancers, artists, veterinarians, scientists, taxi drivers, bus drivers, conservationists, travelers…people who are so open, flowing into my life with a gentle supportive tide. My transition to being here is Read more…

IMC exhibit

From the opening reception of the exhibit, TrashTara: It Starts with an Inhale on November 6th, until the closing reception on December 2nd, the Co-Create residency with James Tunick at THE IMC LAB + GALLERY continued in the backdrop. Unlike conventional gallery spaces, the 6th floor venue is a mixed-use morphing environment for artists and a few other small businesses to share. The Respire prototype and immersive installation truly gained a life of its own Read more…

Men of Sanitation NYC – TrashTara Knights

These guys made my night! I was walking back to THE IMC LAB + GALLERY now with a box of smashed grey tinted glass I just swept up off the street (my dog, Plum found it) thinking,”I still need ‘sand’ for the art show this week.” Shredded paper was my earlier thought, and there it was – 4 bags of thinly julienned paper. Exactly at that moment, these guys drove up to take it away Read more…

TrashTara : It Starts with An Inhale

I was walking in the East Village with my dog, stopping for him to pee and for me to take a photo of a cigarette butt flattened in a crack in the sidewalk, when it struck me – are these recyclable? They’re everywhere. Beyond grabbing my attention for arty butt shots, they really shouldn’t be everywhere I look. Turns out, yes, they are recyclable. And that was it. I finally knew WHAT TrashTara would be Read more…

Too shallow? Can this be true?!

Putting our heads together to solve the latest puzzle: Nizuc Resort and Spa is ready to house ZOE. Yea!! They want to celebrate it, publicize, make it quite happy with simple swank elegant parties for people of taste. Any issues with guests having to wear weird shaming bracelets to snorkel a few meters can be worked out with the government. Cool! this is easy and delightful somehow, I’m thinking. And feels pretty loving, reminiscent of Read more…

Made it to Cancun

Made it to Cancun! Room 2509 on the playa at Celuisma Dos Playas while they fix a water explosion thingy problem in my room on lagoon side for couple days. Variety. love that…the stolen/lost credit card hardly noticeable. No kidding, the Hotel Zone has swaddled me in its humid party of all-inclusivo-except-for-this-but-look-we’re-gonna-give-you-THIS! adventure already. Tomorrow is big meeting at 10AM. Feeling GOOD!! and so happy when I realized the little white car that wouldn’t open Read more…

we have moved next door!

Heading to Cancun Thursday. Time to mark the spot for ZOE’s ocean home at Nizuc Resort and Spa. Here’s one visitor’s view. From DNA-Dividing at Club Med to ZOE at Nizuc Resort and Spa, transformation is on.  To get you up to speed – see the Living Sea Sculpture cover photo above? That is ZOE awaiting installation in Punta Nizuc from 2011. We were going to install off the beach of Club Med. Since Nizuc Read more…

Fire! Fire! Corals are Feeling the Heat!

Fire escape on 6th and Ave A I wanted to make an art installation on 6th street here in New York’s East Village.  Using the Gossamer community crocheted and needle-felted reef, I would attach the textile corals and fish to the white undulating fire escapes, like Biorock sculptures, and project video of underwater coral reefs onto the building.  Live music would play.  Perhaps the instrumentalists would be on different levels of the fire escapes immersed Read more…

Birthday wishes

It’s my birthday.  Not Living Sea Sculpture’s birthday, Colleen Flanigan’s.  What did I wish for?  I wished that I would continue to only pay attention to signs of love and stay wide open to all the good around, and that the Living Sea Sculpture in Mexico would be installed. First wish is totally happening! Second wish is on its way.  I’ve been communicating with individuals and people in organizations every day as I intuit and Read more…

Coral Reefs from Space

Seeing them from space, I mean.  That’s what I want to do. This week I was thinking about proposals for projects in countries I’ve never visited, and that sparked an idea.  Immediately I reached out to a coral scientist friend, my go-to with these queries: Do you know a way to see a satellite view of reefs in a large area and get info about how the reefs are doing? To clarify:  If I want Read more…

Bio-Art

I was invited to Genspace the other night to listen to a lecture by Ingeborg Reichle, Art Historian, and Pinar Yoldas, Artist-Researcher, although at one point she said, “I am just an artist,” during the Q&A when the focus had turned to activism to end plastic pollution and policy discussions.  I felt her frustration, or it was my frustration, about someone saying that her work was “whimsical,” and therefore a less impacting or meaningful way Read more…

Turtles Tortugas in Akumal Bay

I was recently in Mexico again. From Cancun to Akumal to Isla Mujeres, I was working on clearing our way to install the DNA-inspired sculpture into the ocean.  I brought a friend and technical adviser, Jennifer Indovina of Tenrehte, along to help me scout out the best locations for wifi and power sources since we are now going to be adding webcams to this coral, fish, and biodiversity refuge.  She is building a custom website Read more…

Reef reFORMed

Welcome the Year of the Horse! A big year for travel. And all you Oxes working so hard in 2014, it will pay off.  Watch out, Rats, not to get under any hooves.   And as a Pig myself, I’m glad I didn’t know 2013 was supposed to be horrible for me because it was great in so many ways.   Here we see coral propagating like a Chinese New Year’s fireworks show. Watch it Grow Read more…

Do we need more Biorock reefs in Florida?

I just received an email asking about the potential for Living Sea Sculptures in Florida. “Living here in Sarasota, FL, I’m wondering if a Bio-rock reef would increase the fish populations that dolphins and porpoises eat, and therefore would keep them here so that we humans could see and appreciate their majestic beauty more often. I believe we have dwindling populations here now. Have to talk with some marine biologists here… am in initial thinking Read more…

Ring it in wring it out!

On this New Year’s Eve, I want to share the thrilling news that we’ve received funding to add webcams onto the DNA-inspired sculpture in Cancun, Mexico.  When we install the sculpture into the ocean, we plan to live-stream the artistic coral refuge so that it will have a continuous online presence globally for all to see. Just for fun, here are the top 100 science trends from Trendhunter.  Bees are really proving to be the Read more…

Bimetals and Nature’s Survival Tactics

You know how your brain gets attuned to looking for whatever you’re interested in, focusing on, paying attention to at the time.  I’ve been collecting awareness about artists who are creating objects, materials, buildings, and facades that defy a static existence.  The Stone Age is long gone.  I might belong to The Bronze Age, since I feel more ease with metals than micro-controllers at this point, but it’s too staunchly stationary and solid for me Read more…

Obstacles MELTING in Cancun

I just returned from a visit to Cancun to clear the way for installation of the DNA Dividing sculpture into Punta Nizuc asap.  It was a fabulous trip.  Cleansing and liberating to feel the weight of waiting, some sort of peripheral crunching burden, dissolving and leaving light water vapors in its wake. To follow the story, please visit here for the beginning.  And here is today’s latest update on kickstarter.  

Artists Envisioning Sea Level Rise

Two incredible friends, well, many more than that when you look at all the people who will be required to bring these epic public art projects into being, are putting their creative energy towards expressing the reality of sea level rise and flooding.  They are targeting urban places to interject something premonitory and visible. These artists are translating scientific data, personal observation, and human gut reaction into visionary humanitarian offerings.  Using very different formats, they Read more…

Underwater Cities – When?

I’m talking about humans. Obviously there are multitudes of living cities made up of marine organisms populating and migrating to dwell in the sea, but will humans begin to colonize the ocean? Is it a good thing? A necessary thing? How will this exploration protect itself from adding to the demise of ocean and Earth health? Why is it taking so long?…lots of questions to think about on this frontier. Ocean Cities are definitely part Read more…

Electrolyisis: Etching in Saltwater

Electricity and water – they say to keep them apart, but sometimes they are great conductive partners for creative projects.  On November 10th, I’ll be teaching a hands-on class, Electrolysis: Etching Tins with Saltwater and Electricity at Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  They have great art shows and concerts, unique events all the time, a beautiful outdoor garden gathering place, plus lots of intimate small classes.  The exhibition galleries Read more…

Breathing Sculpture

U-Ram Choe creates artworks that capture an aliveness and qualities of graceful organisms by using metals, plastics, and the latest in computer programming technologies. Based in Korea, he is inspired by… I started this post awhile ago, but perfectionism, thus procrastination, got in the way.  I promised to write a post once a week, and it has been a month since I last posted.  I am going to post whatever I write in these next Read more…

prehistoric to present – forests from the trees

Recently I was at an event where a beautiful tree by artist, Sam Van Aken, was being auctioned off to benefit Creative Capital. It was not in full flourish yet, but still a young green leafy growth with 20 varieties of stone fruit grafted: a technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This vascular joining is called inosculation, and Read more…

GOOD is…

On July 1, GOOD featured Living Sea Sculptures just weeks after Art as Ecology: Coral Collaborations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) headquarters in June.  It’s been a good couple of months of public sharing about art and science working together for coral survival. In the vein of rearing plants and other species, this maternity vest by Alice Kim made my day last week! I remember Tamagotchis capturing our attention and nurturing hours when Read more…

Crafthaus Exhibit and University of Oregon’s Full Spectrum

“I’m grading student work and who do I see? @misssnailpail looking at me.” That was a welcome surprise tweet from @JessicaLeeGreen- University of Oregon professor, TED Senior Fellow, friend and colleague. Restoring our Reefscape was posted by Shelby Adkisson. The Full Spectrum Biology blog is being created by students in the courses Population Ecology and Biological Diversity at the University of Oregon. It is one component of their work, and for each course will unfold Read more…

Reef re-FORMed: A Biorock Simulation

From May 2nd – May 8th, I was invited to transform a shop in DUMBO, New York, into a pop-up gallery.  Preview of the Arts and the THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE initiated a preview parlor for passers-by to experience the creative process through the premier of new works and revisited projects in a non-traditional gallery space.  Numerous artists creating dance, showing installations, and hanging wall art made site-specific projects for the glassed-in shop at 145 Front St. in Read more…

Balance in Action

As an artist, you are always seeking to be amused and amazed.  Well, I am.  Not necessarily conscious of that constant quest, but when I see, hear, touch the THING, I KNOW the thing. This is it! This is the quality or sensation I desire to bring into my current work; here is how someone else has expressed it. For a minute, I was going to compare it to finding the perfect dress for shoppers Read more…

Pinning Inspiration

When I recently saw a ficus leaf mineral thru an electron microscope on pinterest, it reminded me of this piece from about 15 years ago. When I made it, I’d never seen a ficus leaf mineral, but I love how interrelated so many forms and patterns of nature appear to be, whether you’ve ever seen them to influence you or not. Catching Glimpses in the Gloaming, 1998. Crocheted copper wire, cast silver dogwood blossoms, fake Read more…

giant snail invasion

  I got an email yesterday: “I came across this article and thought it might be an interesting opportunity for Miss Snail Pail.”   Thanks, Dave! Florida Battles Slimy Invasion by Giant Snails Next thing I know, I’m writing to Denise Feiber, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to offer help with a solution.  Collection has already been very successful according to this document, Officials Praise Public for Helping Battle… , Read more…

“Why DeExtinction makes me nervous.”

Creative Conservationist, Asher Jay, expresses her reaction. Why DeExtinction makes me nervous: I take issue with nature becoming a subset of artifice. Ecosystems worldwide are already extensively curated by man, and that has resulted in few positive outcomes, if any. When you zoom out to see the larger picture, every human invention and intervention has resulted in a Black Swan*. This process of “regenesis” is not only expensive, but in its highly volatile, inchoate stages Read more…

Coral Restoration: Chinese New Year

What’s colorful and reminds us that old and new, life and death, are inextricably bound together by the continuum of change?  Chinese New Year Day celebration, for one. We have entered the year of The Water Snake. Intuitive depths, feminine wisdom, and transformation are possible associations with the year of the snake, as well as good business ability and reserved emotions.  Symbolism and mythology within historical traditions vary from region to region, and first-hand experience Read more…

Blue Beyond Borders

I arrived in New York last weekend to explore potential projects on the east coast. Already, I’ve connected with the ocean and river people to discuss work post-hurricane Sandy, pre-washaway city.  Biorock is readily applied to oysters, mussels, and seagrasses to develop natural permeable breakwaters a la oyster reefs of yore, those bastions of resource and health as depicted in An Oyster in the Storm, by Paul Greenberg.  With such a loss of oysters – Read more…

Living Cities

The growth of Biorock mineral accretion sculptures in the ocean conjures up images of cities; not only are architects fascinated by the building potential of culling limestone minerals from seawater to create incredible evolving formations, but anyone thinking about habitats of all kinds imagine how they will accumulate life and generate tributaries of interaction.  Coral cities, urban landscapes, seascapes…whether visible or invisible, the concept of efficiency, necessity and organic mystery can come together in a Read more…

Reefs – sizes and shapes

Small or large, simple or complex, sculptures and forms can be any shape or size…each one becoming a unique living being, like you. Each one will grow with less human control than many artists or architects would like.  Some will bulge just where you wanted them to turn in, or will be settled by a coral variety that clashes in color with an adjacent species.  The unexpected and predictable wayward ways of biology and ecology Read more…

Electrifying a Reef

Part 2:  With Biorock mineral accretion, what happens chemically during electrolysis? That’s the question I want to answer, but first, I’m attuned to the seasonal moment.  If you’re in the tropics, you aren’t feeling the darkness of the winter solstice we experience in the upper latitudes.  Up here we celebrate snow and cold, the warming from wool, hot food, and hopefully good insulation. The beautiful “frost flowers,” as Jeff Bowman refers to them in Robert Read more…

Electrifying a Reef

Part one:  Will I be shocked if I touch the sculpture while the current is flowing?  NO.  According to Dr. Thomas Goreau, President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance when asked who will be liable if someone gets shocked: “There is no possible chance of injury from the very low voltage direct current used, and the circuit has fully automatic instantaneous shutoff capability if there is any damage to the cable. We have installed more Read more…

Sea Level Rise – will we float sink or swim?

I just watched Chasing Ice today.  Intense…It changed my course for writing.  Instead of describing the electrolysis of mineral accretion, I am moved to talk glaciers. Glacier week seemed to start last Friday for me when Camille Seaman was featured on the TED Blog.  Both Camille and James Balog make it clear that the tipping point for icebergs is past.  The glowing, crystalline packs of frozen water will be saved in photographs and video for Read more…

Curvilinear

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 Read more…