coral reef

What happens to a coral reef after a mass bleaching event? Often, algae overgrows the dead corals, dramatically impacting the reef ecosystem, like on this bleached reef near Lisianski Island in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. While this can benefit some herbivorous fish in the short term, over the long term the reef ecosystem loses its integrity. 

By minimizing stressors like pollution and runoff, overfishing, and the impacts of tourism and recreation, we can increase the odds that corals will recover after a bleaching event. 

What will you do to help protect these important ecosystems? 

(Photo: John Burns/HIMB/NOAA) 

We created this image originally for the upcoming Issue (#5) of Sea Stoke magazine. The image will also be in our exhibition with Olek  called Sleep With The Fishes as part of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s World Oceans Day Hawai'i which opens June 6th, 2014.

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Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

Photos taken by Connor Butler - Tioman Island, Malaysia. 


Ceramic Coral Reef by Courtney Mattison

Our Changing Seas III is the third piece in a series of large-scale ceramic coral reef sculptures by artist Courtney Mattison. The sprawling installation is entirely hand-built and is meant to show the devastating transition coral reefs endure when faced with climate change, a process called bleaching. She shares via email:

At its heart, this piece celebrates my favorite aesthetic aspects of a healthy coral reef surrounded by the sterile white skeletons of bleached corals swirling like the rotating winds of a cyclone. There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose. Perhaps if my work can influence viewers to appreciate the fragile beauty of our endangered coral reef ecosystems, we will act more wholeheartedly to help them recover and even thrive.

Our Changing Seas III is currently on view at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College through June 15, 2014.


Today the Department of Astonishing Optical illusions is going to choose a decorative new office floor. Dubai-based interior design company Imperial Interiors creates these awesome 3D Liquid Floors using layers of durable epoxy polymer over large-scale images to create a sense of depth. So you can make the floor of any room look like a surf-covered beach, a swimming pool, tide pool, a lagoon complete with dolphin visitors, a coral reef, the bottom of a glass-bottom boat or like you’re actually walking on water. You can also make it appear as though there’s a shark swimming beneath your feet as you sit on the toilet.

“…the process involves laying down a layer of self-leveling screed (the material used to make floors even) followed by the desired image. This is then treated with a transparent two-component polymer to give the image depth. A level of protective lacquer is the final step.”

Visit the Imperial Interiors website to learn more about this stunning new trend in home decor.

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