TED Fellow, Ocean Activist & Artist
In 2003, Colleen Flanigan learned that coral reefs were dying all around the world. Leveraging her background in design and sculpture, she decided to start making Living Sea Sculptures as the artistic sister to the Global Coral Reef Alliance. By utilizing Biorock® mineral accretion, her projects stimulate reef growth two to six times the regular rate while artistically highlighting our intrinsic connection to the sea. Flanigan is developing an interactive, multimedia exhibit correlating human health with coral health to reveal biological intersections between species and cultivate a healthier perspective on our shared earth. Flanigan also creates ball-and-socket skeletons for stop-motion animation puppets, most notably Coraline.
Merging Art with Environmental Science
The coral reef is dying. Pollution, dynamite fishing, deep sea trawling, and plain neglect have contributed to a swiftly disappearing foundation of the underwater ecosystem. Coral provides an essential habitat to promote biodiversity in the oceans. Is there any way to save it? Artist, TED Senior Fellow, and socio-ecological activist Colleen Flanigan acts as spokesperson for the seas. With her Living Sea Sculptures, she is able to regenerate coral at an accelerated rate. With her alter ego, "Miss Snail Pail," she helps to teach children and adults about the essential balance between land and sea that we can all contribute to.
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