When we think of the oceans, a deep blue colour usually comes to mind. However, the vast seas are filled with many other different colours – from the radiant colours of a coral reef to the illuminations of a deep sea anglerfish. However, the hues of the ocean can spell out something completely different – a message which Glowing Oceans 2019 at S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) articulates.
Aquatic life meets art with four installations spread out across the RWS aquarium for Glowing Oceans 2019. Visitors are invited to learn about the effects of climate change and reflect on the impact of plastic pollution on the world’s oceans and its marine inhabitants.
The Hidden Truth
The Hidden Truth is an attractive line art mural filled with sharks, a manta ray, moray eel, sea jellies and fishes. Besides being an eye-pleasing mural, The Hidden Truth carries with it a more serious message that can only be revealed with the help of a UV torch. Investigate further and shine a light on climate change and its effects on the oceans.
When Corals Fade
Coral bleaching is the result of rising water temperatures. It occurs when the coral gets stressed by heat or pollution and expels the algae which lives symbiotically with it. When this occurs, the coral turns into a ghostly transparent skeleton and consequentially ends up starving. The problem is so severe that it is estimated that half of the Great Barrier Reef has been bleached since 2016. This worrying problem is highlighted at Glowing Oceans 2019’s When Corals Fade installation, built out of plastics salvaged from around Resorts World Sentosa.
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Kelp forests are productive underwater ecosystems. However, an alarming trend is the shrinking size of these underwater forests. In California, warmer ocean temperatures started to affect the reproduction of kelp. At around the same time, a disease also killed off sunflower sea stars, a natural predator of the purple sea urchin. Unchecked, the purple sea urchin population has boomed and its favourite food is kelp, resulting in a double whammy for the kelp forests. The message about the fragility of ecosystems is highlighted at Kelp Me!, a ghost kelp forest made from hand-crocheted plastics by artist Kelly Limerick.
Beautiful Warning Signs
Algal blooms, sometimes also referred to red tide or brown tide, occurs when algae reproduces uncontrollably, creating a colourful blanket over the ocean surface. This can smother aquatic life underneath and can even be harmful to marine mammals and humans. The Beautiful Warning Signs art installation at Glowing Oceans 2019 highlights this issue under a set of changing hues.
Glowing Ocean 2019, S.E.A. Aquarium, RWS
When: 30 Nov 19 to 1 Jan 20
Where: S.E.A. Aquarium, Resorts World Sentosa