Studio Introduction

Tim Robertson and Jiyoo Jye
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In 2016, bleaching of coral on the Great Barrier Reef killed half of the reef's coral. When corals begin to dim and glow, it is from their increased fluorescent protein levels triggered from temperature stress. Due to this physiological phenomenon, the reef glows bright fluorescent green before fading out to white. A vibrant home that provided shelter, food, and other resources for millions of species is rapidly disappearing due to our ocean's escalating fever. 

There is still so much to discover and learn from our planet's ocean. It is not complete without the intricate and otherworldly life forms that live within it. In this studio, we will bring the 'rainforest of the sea' to the surface through interactive artifacts that help us learn about and protect this rapidly disappearing hub of life. 

We will take a deep dive into the world of corals, fish, mollusks, and many other species and life forms under water. Taking inspiration from this, students will create sculptures that communicate and create awareness of human impact & the fragility of the underwater ecosystem.