sea as sculptress

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Web Site documenting an Art Installation by Ruth Wallen. "In 1979, as an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium, I heard that ironically, the greater abundance of marine life resulting from improved water quality in the bay was destroying historic wooden structures. To investigate, I placed four wooden sculptures in the water and recorded, by means of close-up photography, the succession of marine life that grew over a year’s time." The Sea as Sculptress Web Site translates the original project into digital form, allowing the viewer to explore hundreds of photographs through the lens of art and science. The site is searchable by organism, location, or date and includes comparisons to the current water quality of the San Francisco Bay-Delta.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0104478. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.