Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture
by Colleen Flanigan
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Title:
Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture

Author:
Colleen Flanigan

Description:
Zoe means “life” in Greek. This DNA-inspired project is named in memory of Zoe Anderson, a young woman who wanted to save corals, and who tragically died from carbon monoxide poisoning. It's a sad irony that carbon monoxide's sister molecule, carbon dioxide, is threatening our entire planet. This Living Sea Sculpture, Zoe, is installed in Cozumel, Mexico, and disseminated worldwide via webcam to provide a virtual aquarium livestreaming day and night. Low voltage electricity precipitates minerals to fortify the sculpture to become an evolving, life supporting habitat for homeless corals and biodiversity in a region devastated by hurricanes, pollution, tourism, and climate change. As a memorial and coral refuge, this project uses the power of art, science, and technology to highlight life’s fragility and its promise. Nothing happens in a vacuum. If the ocean teaches us anything, it’s that everything is connected and we belong to the same planet. It’s our job to create the conditions for life to flourish. For my submission to The Universal Sea, this photo or others of the project is one way to share this work. As well, the livestreaming video connected to zoecoral.com can be embedded online or exhibited as seen here: https://www.sciartcenter.org/submerged.html. The photo I am submitting is from the first month of installation, specific title of photo is "Hydrogen Fizz" referencing the small hydrogen bubbles that are emitted in the mineral accretion process. I do have other photos of the work with corals growing. It is nice to show a series of progressions in an exhibit to reveal that is an ongoing work in progress in collaboration with the wildlife and the humans that interact.
Description:
Zoe means “life” in Greek. This DNA-inspired project is named in memory of Zoe Anderson, a young woman who wanted to save corals, and who tragically died from carbon monoxide poisoning. It's a sad irony that carbon monoxide's sister molecule, carbon dioxide, is threatening our entire planet. This Living Sea Sculpture, Zoe, is installed in Cozumel, Mexico, and disseminated worldwide via webcam to provide a virtual aquarium livestreaming day and night. Low voltage electricity precipitates minerals to fortify the sculpture to become an evolving, life supporting habitat for homeless corals and biodiversity in a region devastated by hurricanes, pollution, tourism, and climate change. As a memorial and coral refuge, this project uses the power of art, science, and technology to highlight life’s fragility and its promise. Nothing happens in a vacuum. If the ocean teaches us anything, it’s that everything is connected and we belong to the same planet. It’s our job to create the conditions for life to flourish. For my submission to The Universal Sea, this photo or others of the project is one way to share this work. As well, the livestreaming video connected to zoecoral.com can be embedded online or exhibited as seen here: https://www.sciartcenter.org/submerged.html. The photo I am submitting is from the first month of installation, specific title of photo is "Hydrogen Fizz" referencing the small hydrogen bubbles that are emitted in the mineral accretion process. I do have other photos of the work with corals growing. It is nice to show a series of progressions in an exhibit to reveal that is an ongoing work in progress in collaboration with the wildlife and the humans that interact.
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