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Hyperrealistic Depictions of Fish Merged With Their Coral Environments by Lisa Ericson

Hyperrealistic Depictions of Fish Merged With Their Coral Environments by Lisa Ericson

December 15, 2016

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Kate Sierzputowski

Artist, illustrator, and designer Lisa Ericson (previously) paints hyperrealistic images of imaginary animals, hybrids that intertwine species. Previously focused on a body of work that merged mice and butterflies, Ericson’s newest series focuses on the creatures below, painting bright fish against matte black backgrounds. The vibrant works highlight a variety of coral integrated into fins and tails of scaly animals, as well as showcasing the groups of fish that have decided to make these tails their home. More



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A Translucent Figurative Sculpture Appears Camouflaged Against the Horizon of Bondi Beach

A Translucent Figurative Sculpture Appears Camouflaged Against the Horizon of Bondi Beach

Nov.11.16

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Christopher

Recently on view as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, this unusual figurative sculpture by artist Alessandra Rossi seems to have captured the imagination of many, becoming one of the most popular pieces of this year’s exhibition. Titled Untitled (coral), Rossi says the piece depicting a solitary young girl in a dress is inspired in part by the phenomenon of coral bleaching, something that occurs in nature when ocean water becomes too warm and coral begins to expel an algae giving it a white appearance. More



Photography Science

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral

A Macro Timelapse Highlights the Micro Movements of Spectacularly Colored Coral

Sep.29.16

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Kate

Interested in documenting one of the oldest animals on Earth, Barcelona-based production company myLapse set to capture the minimal movements of brightly colored coral, recording actions rarely seen by the human eye. The short film took nearly 25,000 individual images of the marine invertebrates to compose, and photography of species, such as the Acanthophyllia, Trachyphyllia, Heteropsammia cochlea, Physogyra, took over a year.
The production team hopes the film attracts attention to the Great Barrier Reef, encouraging watchers to take a deeper interest in one of the natural wonders of the world that is being rapidly bleached due to climate change. More



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Human Skeletons Assembled with Found Coral by Gregory Halili

Human Skeletons Assembled with Found Coral by Gregory Halili

Jun.16.16

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Christopher

With parched white pieces of found sea coral, artist Gregory Halili has been creating skeletal parts of the human anatomy from hands and arms all the way up to a lifesize recreation of a human skeleton suspended atop a giant piece of driftwood. The irregular coral segments are uncanny stand-ins for human bones, and it’s no surprise the artist is able to identify anatomical details within sea life due to his previous work with skulls carved from mother of pearl. More



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Spiraling Coral Reefs Assembled from Precisely Cut Wood by Joshua Abarbanel

Spiraling Coral Reefs Assembled from Precisely Cut Wood by Joshua Abarbanel

Apr.30.16

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Christopher

LA-based sculptor Joshua Abarbanel fabricates wood sculptures and installations reminiscent of coral reefs comprised of concentric flower-like blooms. The artist builds both smaller standalone artworks that rest on a pedestal and larger wall or ceiling-mounted pieces that seem to grow organically in every direction. Each piece first takes shape on a computer before being cut from assorted woods with the aid of a laser cutter. From Abarbanel’s artists statement:

Finding inspiration in fractals, accretive formations, and the Fibonacci sequence, Abarbanel creates art that often simultaneously evokes microscopic and aerial perspectives, such that the compositions serve as metaphors for archetypal relationships between people, between individuals and communities, and between humankind and the planet.

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New Ceramic Coral Reefs by Courtney Mattison Draw Attention to Earth’s Changing Oceans

New Ceramic Coral Reefs by Courtney Mattison Draw Attention to Earth’s Changing Oceans

Feb.17.16

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Kate

Doubling as an artist and ocean advocate, Courtney Mattison (previously) produces large-scale ceramic installations that draw attention to conservation of our planet’s seas. Her latest installation “Aqueduct” showcases hundreds of porcelain sea creatures including anemones, sponges, and coral sprouting from a porcelain air duct. The piece asks us to imagine the plight of these undersea creatures as tropical sea temperatures begin to rise, asking where they might migrate to once their homes have been rendered uninhabitable. More



Amazing Science

An Extraordinary Macro Timelapse of Aquatic Wildlife by Sandro Bocci

An Extraordinary Macro Timelapse of Aquatic Wildlife by Sandro Bocci

Feb.19.15

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Christopher

The above clip is a trailer of sorts for an upcoming non-verbal film titled Prograve by Italian filmmaker and documentarist Sandro Bocci. The feature is billed as (translated from Italian) “an experimental film orbiting scientific and philosophical reflections on time and space, and that through various shooting techniques, fields of magnification, and an exciting soundtrack, weaves a web between science and magic.” The section shown here depicts beautiful macro timelapses of coral, sponges and other aquatic wildlife filmed under ultraviolet light. More



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Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison

Our Changing Seas: A Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison

Apr.22.14

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Christopher

Photo by Courtney Mattison

Photo by Arthur Evans

Photo by Arthur Evans

Photo by Arthur Evans

Photo by Arthur Evans
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. More



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Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

Underwater Reefs and Landscapes Made of Paper by Amy Eisenfeld Genser

Mar.21.13

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Christopher

Connecticut-based artist Amy Eisenfeld Genser (previously) recently completed a new series of coral reefs that she painstakingly recreates using rolled bits of paper and acrylic paint. Ahead of her upcoming exhibition at the Architectural Digest Home Show, Genser sat down with All Things Paper for a brief interview. An excerpt on her process:

These days I usually work with Thai Unryu [mulberry paper], but I have hundreds of papers in my studio from all around the world.

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Vibrant Macro Photographs of Coral by Felix Salazar

Vibrant Macro Photographs of Coral by Felix Salazar

Jan.17.13

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Christopher

LA-based photographer and composer Felix Salazar recently captured some wonderful macro photos of several inhabitants in his salt water aquariums. The shocking variety of color makes the coral look like digital renderings, but Salazar assures me each is a unique photo selected from hundreds of attempts to get just the right shot as he experimented with focus and light. You can see many more on his website. (via my modern met) More