What is Living Sea Sculpture?

Fostering Life Above & Below the Surface

Our Approach

Rather than artworks about ecology and conservation that derive inspiration from nature and the environment, a Living Sea Sculpture is art as ecology and conservation with vibrant living plants and animals. 

We use mineral accretion reef structures that can be any shape or size, allowing for original seascape compositions. Both functional and artistic, they evolve into large aquatic topiary-like ecosystems. 

Mineral Accretion studies have shown  low volt DC electricity flowing through seawater which raises the pH locally to attract calcium carbonate and magnesium hydroxide minerals. These minerals  deposit onto a metal matrix. Corals readily cement to this natural substrate and can grow faster and tolerate some environmental stress that normally bleaches or kills them.

As more people become aware of the issues of sea level rise, climate change, pollution, and overfishing, it is our time to explore how to resuscitate our ocean biodiversity and protect our shores with interdisciplinary recoralization.

Living Sea Sculpture is developing an interactive, immersive multimedia exhibit correlating coral health with human health through the context of artificial respiration and innovative life support.

Kinetic, responsive sculptures will interpret data from human participants and the ocean in juxtaposition with video and sound.

Information on climate change in the abstract does not automatically correlate with empathy or engagement in solutions. We hope to raise people's sensitivity to other species and our interdependence.

By translating participant and oceanic numerical data, the project not only quantifies results, but also enables us to see and feel our living connection with corals through our mutually breathing bodies.

Living Sea Sculpture's work is made possible by generous support from over 400 kickstarter and razoo campaign backers, Sapling Foundation, The Harnisch Foundation, Bertha Philanthropies, Vesper Foundation, and an anonymous private donor.

Projects involve expertise and collaboration with Karang Lestari, Tenrethe, View into the Blue, Streaming Museum, Autodesk, and many others devoting energy to this interdisciplinary practice.

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We're Passionate Advocates For Coral Reef Restoration

Coral Reef Restoration Project - New Coral Growth -  Living Sea Sculpture

With coral reefs in deep decline from climate change, ocean acidification, development, and disease, it’s a challenging design problem to meet the needs of these ancient organisms.

Though showing some resilience, coral reefs are in crisis from frequent bleaching events and die-offs.

Living Sea Sculpture is an artistic organization which collaborates with scientific institutions, universities, and researchers, private and public foundations, and all stakeholders in regenerating corals for the health and sustainable economy of the planet.

Check out our latest project livestreaming at zoecoral.com. 

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How We Do it

LSS is inclusive, implementing interdisciplinary solutions and explorations for coastal restoration and progressive thinking for longterm relationships with natural resources, other species, and the environment.   

Electrolytic mineral accretion (electrocology) is a long-known method to produce natural limestone substrate for corals to colonize and marine biodiversity to aggregate. It addresses rising water temperatures and increasing acidity by providing an alkaline buffer zone for endangered corals and oysters to build their calciferous exoskeletons in the shifting ocean environments.   

Art, science, and technology are united in this life support currently being used by LSS.  

Living Sea Sculpture integrates aesthetics and function at the human/ocean interface : Art as Ecology.   In our hands-on approach to this global epidemic, we implement the artistic method – sensory vision, playful imagination, and maker intelligence. Working in tandem with science, policy makers, businesses, and the general public, we build deeper connections, communicate, and inspire successful leaps towards real-world projects and actions that heal our oceans.  

We need to invite everyone to be a part of this movement.

Volunteers and investors play a vital role in our community. We invite people of all backgrounds to join in the solutions. 

Living Sea Sculpture needs your skills and contributions. Do you want to help restore a reef?   

Future success requires the building of partnerships in regions ready to grow their own coral conservatory, sustainable fish farm, permeable breakwater, or one-of-a-kind Living Sea Sculpture.   

We have worked with Autodesk, TED, UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), to name a few of our diverse collaborators. 

Tax-deductible donations currently accepted hereZoe- A Living Sea Sculpture   

Whether motivated by feelings or facts, images or words, we need a fusion of metaphors, cultural realities, explanations and practical opportunities for giving and receiving the inspiration and courage to cultivate corals and mutual symbiosis in the Anthropocene.  

Contact Colleen Flanigan if you would like to discuss volunteering or initiating a project. email: misssnailpail@gmail.com        phone: +1 (503) 887-7650 

Empowering originality for life-saving action through the Arts