A visualisation of the global ocean derived from the GEBCO dataset. Rendered at 4k Fulldome resolution.
This is an excerpt from current work.
The visualisation is set up as a conundrum: what can be 4.5 billion years old, eternally dark and bitterly cold; always seen and never seen?
It's not outer-space but inner-space - and right here on planet Earth. Of course, this is poetic license, but it gets the point across: we think of geopolitical oceans and cartographic fantasies (the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian, the Southern..) - yet in reality, there is only one Ocean, mostly unknown to us, yet seen and exploited everyday.
Hopefully, this is a vision of its alien-ness, to help us see again the familiar in a new and insightful way.
The model is derived from current GEBCO data (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) subtracted from WGS'84 - meaning that this is the ocean volume - the sea - the water - the world of sea-life and unimaginable depths. The physical geography of the Earth is intimated by the shape of water; the sea is a world itself.
Depth is exaggerated for visualisation purposes.
Made by Peter Morse (petermorse.com.au) and Paul Bourke (local.wasp.uwa.edu.au/~pbourke/).
Many thanks to:
Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT: anat.org)
WASP (Western Australian Supercomputer Program : www.wasp.uwa.edu.au)
University of Western Australia (uwa.edu.au)
Australian Antarctic Division (aad.gov.au/)