Living Sea Sculpture's Innovations

Living Sea Sculpture continues to research and innovate art, science, and technology for coral reef restoration.

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3D Rendering of Coral Species & Reef Designs

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. 

James Tunick of @theimclab is bringing these intricate structures into the digital space by running Colleen’s hand-held iPhone videos through his #3Dskan software and getting amazing results.

"I absolutely love spending time up close photographing and videoing them to get to know and feel what they are made of. And I mean that not only literally but in the personal way when you are close to a fabulous work of art or architecture that only nature can create."

Colleen Flanigan

Coral Skeletons

3D Renderings

3D Rendering of Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture Structure

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.

Video Renderings of Zoe - A Living Sea Sculpture Structure

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.

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