Coral City is an architectural installation inspired by the structure of the world's coral reefs: diverse systems full of curiosities. This project asks us to engage with the conceptual coral reef through perceptual and tactile experiences with furniture, lighting and sculpture.
The design is based on the artist’s experience observing coral reefs with Geologists at the Gerace Ocean Research Institute. In this experience, most of the reef was dead or covered with algae. Coral City imagines the coral reef as a conceptual space, allowing viewers to play as living coral, bringing the reef to life. The idealized space hints at the reality of the reef. The white wave wall is like a bleached coral-undulating in a sequence, at some points floating over you. It is beautiful and frightening. The sense of wonderment is combined with sensitivity, an indication of our human role in the health of the ocean and coral reef. This milled wall responds to Zaha Hadid, the architect of the CAC who explored curved forms as sensitive architectures.
The play of scientific discovery informs interactivity and material transformation. Colors of materials and surface change as the lighting changes. The beauty and fragility of the reef is expressed through the visual complexity and confusion of the wallpaper. Visitors get lost in the shallow and deep space of stripes, gradients and shapes. The ocean is powerful and hard to understand. Being underwater is spatially confusing. This complexity hopes to draw people closer so they can experience the mystery of the oceans, and raise empathy and awareness for the future of the coral reef and our impact on world ecosystems.
-The wave wall is a 3D milled curtain unfolding in space. It appears to be moving, as a soft and fluid surface.