Students will demonstrate an understanding of the art installation process through sketching, collaboration, and the creation of piece of ceramic coral that will be added to the class installation.
Project: Coral Reef Collaborative Installation
Each student will create 1 or multiple pieces of coral to add to installation. Coral must be realistic. Coral artwork needs to be at least 1x1x1 ft
Our Changing Seas III is the third piece in a series of large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison. The sprawling installation is entirely hand-built and is meant to show the devastating transition coral reefs endure when faced with climate change, a process called bleaching. She shares via email:
At its heart, this piece celebrates my favorite aesthetic aspects of a healthy coral reef surrounded by the sterile white skeletons of bleached corals swirling like the rotating winds of a cyclone. There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose. Perhaps if my work can influence viewers to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them recover and even thrive.
Jason deCaires Taylor (born 12 August 1974 in Dover, Kent county, United Kingdom) is a British sculptor and creator of the world’s first underwater sculpture park - the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park - and underwater museum. He is best known for installing site-specific underwater sculptures which develop into artificial coral reefs integrating his skills as a sculptor, marine conservationist, underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor. His works in Grenada have been listed among the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. His most ambitious projects to date are the creation of the world's largest underwater sculpture museum, MUSA, El Museo subaquàtico de Arte, situated off the coast between Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and Ocean Atlas (2014), a 5-metre tall, 60-ton sculpture off the Bahamas. Taylor is currently based on the island of Lanzarote, Spain, working on a major new underwater museum for the Atlantic Ocean