A constellation in the sky called "Pisces" is described as two swirling fish in love, representing new life, rebirth and the promise of the future. If you look closely and with a unique perspective, you can find the constellation hidden in the sky as the full moon casts a glow that triggers the annual coral spawn on the Florida Coral Reef Tract! During the 2018 spawn, Blake and I had the opportunity to visit the reef with The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation team and see the research done to save Florida's corals first hand!
Just in 2017, it was discovered that corals will actually “fluoresce” after a bleaching event to place a protective sunscreen over their now vulnerable skeletons. If no new algae return to the coral, it slowly and quietly fades away, leaving only its vivid neon color as a final call for help, before it too fades away. I recreate this sad and powerful event in this piece with multiple ways of viewing.
In standard LED lighting, you can view the purest, most pristine form of our reef surrounded by life, while the second way of viewing is under black light, where some of our reef’s most endangered corals take center stage over the turtle with their vivid neon cry to be seen. There is one final way of viewing this piece, and that’s in the pure dark; where you have a fleeting moment to recognize the fading of energy and life from the piece until eventual emptiness takes over the space of the room. This fade represents the slow fade into oblivion our reef is currently facing, making one ponder the impacts of an unbearably empty ocean.