Lianne Edwards, Larval Form V

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Larval Form V

Lianne Edwards

Larval form V, band 987, (black frame & background)

870 x 780 mm    

brass encased thermometer, mother of pearl (oyster), fish otolith, albatross bird leg band, knitted brass mesh, brass mesh

How will marine creatures cope with climate change?  Increasing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from human activities disproportionately impact the oceans. Changes in water temperature, ocean acidification and oxygen levels are already affecting the diversity and abundance of marine species.* Scientists have been surprised how pervasive the effects of ocean warming are on ocean life.  Recent research suggests that marine species from plankton to fish and seabird populations are moving towards the cooler north and south poles in response to rising sea temperatures.

This work is loosely based on the young (larvae) of the heart urchin.  Urchin larvae have a planktonic stage where they float around in the ocean.  After some time they settle, however if conditions aren’t satisfactory they may uproot and float off to another more suitable area.  Larval Form V has evolved in response to changes in ocean temperature by developing a thermal sensor**.   The larvae is created from materials that reference a variety of marine creatures including fish (otolith or hearing bones), shellfish (pearl oyster), seabirds (albatross leg bands) and plankton. The work suggests a movement of marine creatures essentially ‘Testing the Waters’ trying to find a tolerable place to live and grow in a changing marine environment.