This project is supported in part by a space grant from chashama
April 13-April 30, 266 W. 37th St, NYC
On view all day, every day from the street.
Last open hours! Thursday 4/28 3-7pm
Thanks to Marc O. Lammers & Polyanna Fisher-Pool of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology for the generous donation of recorded sounds used in soundscape.
The Vanishing Oceans Project is a collaboration between Linda Byrne’s visuals and Maggie Dubris’s soundscape. It combines two sculptural works with an original sound piece and lights into a haunting vista of oceanic decimation. "Coral Reef" uses recycled plastic 6-pack rings as its main component. The very plastics that are polluting our oceans become the reef itself, its translucent ghostly quality mimicking a dead coral reef drained of its vibrant colors. "Skeleton Ships" consists of ship hulls formed to resemble the rib-like bones of skeletons. The sound component melds traditionally “beautiful” sounds like whale calls and sailing songs with sounds that are killing the ocean; engines, underwater construction, and sonar, heard from an undersea vantage point. When people enter the Vanishing Ocean Project, they are plunged into the aural and visual landscape of a dying world. Our myths, our relationship with the sea, and the sea creatures themselves become a hypnotic elegy.