Coral Sea II
       
     
Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V
       
     
Coral Triangle II
       
     
Chagos Archipelago II
       
     
Outer Seychelles II
       
     
Bahamian Reefs II
       
     
Micronesian Islands II
       
     
Sargasso Sea II
       
     
Coral Sea II
       
     
Coral Sea II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 16.5 x 11.5 inches

Artist statement:

As her 2009 TED Prize wish, Dr. Sylvia Earle – National Geographic Explorer in Residence and Time Magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet” – stated, “I wish you would use all means at your disposal… to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas, Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet."

I have admired Dr. Earle’s work since my first high school marine biology class. As an artist with a background in marine conservation biology, I believe that art has the unique ability to translate scientific concepts, bring environmental issues to the surface and inspire conservation. 

Hope Spots is a series of sculptural vignettes – each an idealized representation of one of the most vital marine ecosystems on Earth as identified by Dr. Earle.

Learn more about Hope Spots at MissionBlue.org.

Photos © Courtney Mattison

Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V
       
     
Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone V

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 17 x 7 inches

Coral Triangle II
       
     
Coral Triangle II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

19 x 17 x 9 inches

Chagos Archipelago II
       
     
Chagos Archipelago II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 16 x 9 inches

Outer Seychelles II
       
     
Outer Seychelles II

2015

glazed stoneware

17 x 16 x 9 inches

Bahamian Reefs II
       
     
Bahamian Reefs II

2015

glazed stoneware

16 x 18 x 10 inches

Micronesian Islands II
       
     
Micronesian Islands II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

17 x 17.5 x 12.5 inches

Sargasso Sea II
       
     
Sargasso Sea II

2015

glazed stoneware + porcelain

18 x 18 x 6 inches