by hannes bend

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For ECLIPSE, a failed artificial reef was relocated in parts into a gallery space. The 'Osborne Reef' was started in 1972 with the intend to foster marine life off the coast of Florida in 1972. With close to two million tires mapping an area of 30plus hectares today, the 'Osborne Reef' is now an ecological catastrophe destroying natural reefs nearby. The installation of Reef, 2012 was viewed alongside three projections: dive, on time-based media disc) and aquadome. The video aquadome displays a sequence of shots of popular eclipse (both water recreation sites – public pools and indoor beaches. The salvaging of the tires was planned over months and executed on March 23, 2012 in collaboration with local diving groups and boat companies. The exhibition generated national and international press coverage which led to funding for a long-term removal of parts of the 'reef' by non-for-profit organizations, and the project derived into the project “Reef ReCreation” in conjunction with the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan. | |


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