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Our Ocean Conference: Elevating awareness through art

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 31 2018   /  02:27 am

Art has been increasingly recognized as a powerful medium through which to raise public awareness about environmental issues. “Semesta Terumbu Karang” (Coral Universe), a freshly unveiled ceramic installation designed by American artist Courtney Mattison is a testimony to the rising convergence between art and the ecological movement.

The installation — which comprises 2,000 ceramic pieces in the shape of various soft and hard corals arranged into six circles along an 18 x 2.5-meter panel – stands on the wall directly opposite the main gate of the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) in Sanur.

The installation was created in a two-year-long collaborative process involving the CTC, a not-for-profit ocean conservation organization, the government-managed Ceramic Technology and Creative Industry Body (BTIKK), Jenggala Ceramics, as well as more than 300 volunteers, including loc...