Colleen Flanigan shares why she created Living Sea Sculpture.
LunchBreak: Colleen Flanigan
LunchBreak is a series of live, online interviews with artists who have shown in SciArt exhibitions. May 8th LunchBreak artist: Colleen Flanigan
Published on Nov 25, 2015Creativity is one of the most powerful ways we can respond to climate change. This video produced for the Monterey Bay Aquarium reveals a unique interdisciplinary method to help regenerate endangered coral reefs, which are threatened by warming and ocean acidification—and Colleen has some ideas about how you can help, too.
Colleen Flanigan is a socio-ecological artist. Through a combination of visual and participatory performance art, environmental science, technology, and international community-building, she creates with the intention to live in a healthy and fun world where solving challenging global problems includes all of humanity and considers all species. The sculpture in Bali was designed by Wolf Hilbertz for Karang Lestari (Coral Protection Project). Colleen helped to weld, install, and transplant.
Playful animation of coral restoration by Danny Rico. The cartoon shows how electrolysis can create an artificial reef from steel in seawater; all the marine organisms get involved in the new habitat. Limestone minerals deposit onto the metal providing a beneficial environment for endangered coral to grow.
Stop-motion animation using 1" scale model of the DNA-inspired sculpture, Zoe, that was made and installed in Mexico. While awaiting permits, this was a way to visualize it becoming flush with life, Art as Ecology providing habitat for endangered corals and marine biodiversity. Now Zoe is in the sea thanks to so many kickstarter backers, private foundations, and international support.
Balanophyllia Elegans - UCSC time-lapse
Working with Dr. Donald Potts at the Long Marine Lab at UCSC, Colleen Flanigan has been staging time-lapse in collaboration with Stage 13 in Portland, OR. Here you can see 3 different setups of corals with the intention of observing their feeding behavior and cycles, along with whatever else we would discover. A photograph was taken every 15 seconds.
Installation of the "Coral Skirt." Pemuteran, Bali. 2009. Komang Astika and Made find the location. The small sculpture will cement itself to the sandy seafloor. Low volt current will precipitate limestone minerals to deposit onto the steel and provide natural substrate for corals.
Footage by Thomas Sarkisian. Designed by inventor, Wolf Hilbertz, this electrified Coral Ark was created in 2004 at the 2nd International Biorock workshop in Pemuteran, Bali. Collected coral fragments were transplanted onto this welded rebar form which is part of Karang Lestari (Coral Restoration Project) . Colleen helped weld and attach the corals with wire. Inspiring how much the corals have grown and how many other organisms are attracted to the refuge.
Art, scientific inquiry & engineering meet with emotion, compassion & composition to provide coral reef support, shore protection & marine habitat in Flanigan's "Living Sea Sculpture: Contemporary Art as Coral Refuge." About TEDx : x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion.
How can sculptures save coral reefs? | Colleen Flanigan
Coral reefs are dying at a rapid rate and at risk of going extinct. Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan urges us to help preserve these vital marine invertebrates through art, science, and technology. Listen to how she makes metal sculptures that contribute to ocean conservation -- and inspiration.