Living Sculptures in The Sea


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 Wealth in well-being’ Coral reefs are a highly productive marine ecosystem 
Living sculptures in the sea  is  an international program of ground-breaking underwater art installation projects. The purpose is to:
  • produce world-class art that serves as artificial reefs, providing habitat for marine life 
  • regenerate degraded marine environments and the surrounding economy 
  • create permanent financially and ecologically viable in-water visitor attractions
  • provide sustainable livelihoods in fisheries, management and tourism
  • enable the implementation of a marine protected areas (MPAs) around the artwork
  • educate visitors and locals to participate in solutions to environmental issues 
  • encourage local artists to get involved and contribute
  • bring sustained media interest in marine conservation, both locally and internationally
  • create a novel, positive and engaging mechanism for highlighting and amplifying the push towards more sustainable management of our seas
Background
Artificial reefs are man made forms created  from a variety of safe materials to assist in the process of marine eco-systems regeneration providing;
 
  • hiding places for fish to seek protection and breed  
  • surfaces for marine life to settle
  • surfaces to transplant baby corals
  • science based design structures  to increase bio-diversity
 
 
Coral gardening and marine eco-system rehabilitation comprises of ;
1 Stabilising structures and natural settling – Dead coral reefs form constantly shifting coral rubble bed so the baby corals cannot find a permanent place to settle. Non-toxic and stable structures are positioned to create a place for corals and marine life  to naturally settle. https://www.ecoreefs.com
2 Transplanting – Coral fragments  found loose in the rubble or broken off from the mother  are relocated  and  transplanted  into optimum conditions for the corals to grow. Corals compete, so by giving them enough space to grow and in areas of optimum  sunlight, we can nurture  them like  seedlings in  garden nursery.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p009j6wb
3 Fish habitat – Holes and crevices  designed within these artificial reefs provide shelter for fish and other marine life. http://www.reefball.org
Some of the world’s  top dive sites are  artificial reefs  ship wrecks which look amazing and  are full of wildlife. Jacques Cousteau, the famous sea explorer and inventor of the scuba gear. www.cousteau.org discovered the Thistlegorm wreck  a large world war 11 cargo vessel in the Red sea, Egypt, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Thistlegorm. It attracts hundreds of divers a day. Not only can money be generated for communities via the diving, people spend money on accommodation and restaurants therefore if managed sustainably  this can be a lucrative income.
Modern ships  are  cleaned of oil and stripped of cables and dangerous fixtures and deliberately sunk for the purpose of providing interesting dive sites as well as  hiding and breeding locations for fishes e.g The Greenpeace rainbow warrior http://www.seafriends.org.nz/issues/res/rainbow_warrior.htm
Living sculptures in the Sea is a programme that uses art for change – not only in awareness and education, but also directly on the restoration of coral reef habitats, fish stocks, and associated provision of livelihood. Connecting local communities with an international network to enable sustainable governance of our marine resources. It is fresh, commands attention, has amplification of effect, and is scaleable.
Underwater installations are  a new arena of environmental art  and invites interaction and experience that is not possible on land;  dive down, swim through and the ability to  fly above and over. An Eco art platform, where  creatives  can express and explore   a value for  the treasures of our  blue planet. 
Check out 
The amazing underwater sculptures  of Jason de Caires Taylor http://www.underwatersculpture.com.
Ross powers’s work is more abstract.http://www.rosspower.com 
This is an amazing method for  growing calcium carbonate sculptures in the sea http://www.globalcoral.org
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