Living Sea Sculpture continues to research and innovate art, science, and technology for coral reef restoration.
We are currently working on creating 3D renderings of dozens of coral species to use in the design and modeling of new artistic artificial coral reefs for coral restoration around the world.
These coral skeletons are part of Dr. Donald Pott’s impressive collection at UCSC from his years of coral research.
Colleen captured these photos while obsessively observing their delicate, rigid beauty fabricated over years by tiny animals secreting calcium carbonate. The living tissue is more fleshy, protecting these fine “winged” armatures that support them.
Ginormous thanks to @theimclab for creating a .obj of @zoelivingseasculpture. From there, more galactic thanks to @oskar.elek from UCSC’s Computational Media Creative Coding Lab who ran it through his Polyphorm software developed to analyze intergalactic gas and dark matter filaments (together known as ‘Cosmic web’). Polyphorm uses the Monte Carlo Physarum Machine (MCPM) algorithm inspired by the foraging behavior of Physarum polycephalum ‘slime mold’.
We’re exploring new concepts, materials, simulations, and fabrication for next reFORMed reefs.
James Tunick of IMC Lab + Gallery in New York used a video scan by Colleen Flanigan of her 1″scale steel model of “Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture” to render it into formats for VR, MR, and AR applications.