Coral: Art Science Life

© Carmel Wallace 2011

Fringing the Australian coastline is 50,000 square kilometres of living reefs - just under one fifth of the world’s total reef area.

These densely populated habitats of tropical waters house about 25% of all ocean species. Despite their vital role in a healthy ocean 10% of the world’s reefs have already been ecologically destroyed. It is estimated that half of the world’s reefs will collapse by 2020. The bounty and beauty of these living structures and the fragility of their future was the impetus for this exhibition.

In Coral: art four artists exhibit works that explore our relationship with this fragile waterscape. In Coral: science the work of four University scientists demonstrates the importance of research for understanding the reefs and their future. In Coral: life two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea.

Open from 13 February till 12 September 2012

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Click here for a radio interview with Julie-Anne Popple as she visits the Coral: Art Life Science Exhibition at the University of Sydney and speaks with science inspired artist Carmel Wallace, and Dr Adrienne Grant about her research into copper and corals.