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.
Colleen captured these photos while obsessively observing their delicate, rigid beauty fabricated over years by tiny animals secreting calcium carbonate.
OBJ & PLY generated by 3Dskan software developed by James Tunic, The IMC Lab, using photogrammetry in processing hand-held iPhone video by Colleen Flanigan of coral skeletons from the collection of Dr. Donald Potts, UCSC.
Contact for James Tunick, The IMC Lab: JTunick@theimclab.com
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.
Oskar Elek ran his custom Polyphorm software on 3Dskans of Zoe – A Living Sea Sculpture
The latest biopolymer experiments with coral fragmentation planting on Zoe.