Deep in The Ocean


Hand crafted interactive shadow box advocating for ocean cleanup

Project Details

Role : Creative Technologist
Timeline: 1 week | Oct 2018
Tools : Physical computing (Arduino), Hand-cut paper craft


Can something be horrific yet beautiful?

“Oceans cover two-thirds of the planet, yet remain largely unexplored.
As of the year 2000, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated that as much as 95%of the world’s oceans are unexplored.” —  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA

Amidst the layered beauty of the ocean lurks the ugly dark truth. The photo of a small estuary seahorse, (Hippocampus kuda) clutching a plastic earbud offers an allegory for our oceans today and tomorrow. My hand-cut layered paper sculpture in the form of a shadow box celebrates the wonders of the ocean while reminding the viewer about the murky future of water pollution.


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“It’s a photo that I wish didn’t exist but now that it does I want everyone to see it”-Justin Hoffman, National Geographic Wildlife Photographer of the year, 2017


 
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Shadow box making

Shadow box making

Adding the circuit, lights and a linear potentiometer

Adding the circuit, lights and a linear potentiometer

Shadow box making - part 1

Shadow box making - part 2