Funded! This project was successfully funded on April 12, 2011.

Update #12

Thanksgiving update--TEDxWoodsHole Talk


A day for gratitude, you all helped me get to this moment:

Here is my Living Sea Sculpture talk from TEDxWoodsHole.  And here are all the talks from the event:

The paperwork is in the hands of the Marine Park director in Mexico...will be great to hear that we have clearance to install soon. 

This article came out the day before TEDxWoodsHole. Best media coverage ever, thanks Joe Hansen:)

It's Thanksgiving -- I send thanks and love to all of you!!
Colleen and Amphitrite

Update #11

TEDxWoodsHole--Amphitrite will be there!


On Oct 15th, I will be attending TEDxWoodsHole:

Presenting a 4 minute talk and participating in the innovation lounge with an interactive coral restoration simulation and some video...

Honored to be invited! what an opportunity to share at this prestigious oceanographic institute about Biorock Living Sea Sculpture, a vision for coral restoration, and art as ecology.

Huge thanks to you all!


Update #10

Science Pub next Tuesday


What: I will present about Biorock and Living Sea Sculpture +

The RED ROVER mobile art gallery with the LSS working model and a crafty simulation of a restored coral ecosystem will be there.


7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tues, September 20th

Doors open at 5:00pm.  Most Science Pubs fill quickly, so come early for food, drink, and to get a seat!

Science Pub is open to ages 21+, or minor with adult.

$5 suggested cover charge, No RSVP or tickets required.

Where: Mission Theater & Pub

            1624 NW Glisan

            Portland, OR 

Those of you here in Portland, hope you can make it! Now's your chance to ask questions.  (I will bring some escarglows in case some $22ers are able to attend.)

Also, got word there will be some nanotechnology demos to start the evening.  I don't know the  nano demo details, but they should be interesting. 

About Sci Pub:


photo of RR Trailer:

thanks!! Colleen aka Amphitrite

Update #9

Progress in Cancun


What a full-tilt adventure! We completed the land-build of Living Sea Sculpture. No less than 14 anchors to hold it to the seafloor once installed. Plans to deploy and wire the electrical are delayed due to further contracts that emerged in the final hours. Without power to catalyze a protective layer of minerals, the steel will rust and dissolve into the sea, so LSS is being stored until final clearance. Your contributions bought new tanks, regulators and cutting torches for metalwork, rental work spaces, steel and tools, electrical design and supplies, accommodations, deployment, sculpture transport,...Grateful we had such a resourceful team and collaborators to reach this milestone.

Pablo Pantoja located the site with me and was my local liaison/daily ally. (Better not begin listing all the huge support of the people in Mexico, never get through!! special thanks are at the bottom:) Wendy Thompson and Terra Nyssa did a fish survey to observe environmental impact of the project; will fish and others quickly populate the sculpture once it is in place? Lots of rain and murky waters almost prevented them from snorkeling the site, but luckily the sun and ocean gave them one bright calm day. 

Mike Gerzevitz captured some great interviews and footage of the making (as well as participated in the making). Here's a little timelapse for you:

Now Margaret Andres will begin to weave the stories as she edits. Looking forward to what Mike films underwater with his 3D camera when we go back to finish this coral refuge.

Thomas Sarkisian helped immensely with forming the metal by hand, body and foot; and with Tom Goreau, prepared the power supply for phase 2--deploy. Will have to bring Thomas back over from Thailand to calibrate and install his BOLPS (Biorock On Land Power Supply prototype 3). Hope to return for phase 2 very soon! Hurricane season is stirring up, so we aim to process the paperwork and see what the weather holds. 

Below is a photo tour taking you from "open air studio" to stainless steel the bank by the deployment boat at Puerto Cancun.  Last you see the waters of Punta Nizuc's tropical AquaFresh blue--that is the future 15 feet down. (photos by Mike G. and me)

Once again, update # 7 details how to download "Reef Reborn." Other rewards in the works.

For more from Dr. Tom Goreau about Biorock and his take on Climate Change:

And Sylvia Earle about the Coral Reefs--Rainforests of the Sea:

Gracias para todo!!

special thanks to Marcia de La Pena and Leif, Pablo Pantoja, Fredy Ulloa de La Rosa, Joel Lopez, Jason deCaires Taylor, Roberto Diaz, Mario and Enrique Chacon, Jaime Gonzales, Alain Ibanes, Todo Inoxidable - Guillermo, Suzie, and Jose Luis, Diego Gioseffi, Jorge Luis, Fernando, Lorenzo Guerrero, Kevin Watt, Karen Salinas, Rodrigo, Salvador, the staff of Aquaworld and Marenter, and of course, MUSA...the long list continues of people who have offered creativity, skill, friendship, strength, and resources in Mexico.

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Update #8


I have been here now for nearly a month, and the sun had tinted my face from the hours of working in an open air space we tried to make into a metal shop. Now I am located in a large indoor amazing stainless steel shop with a real floor and great space to do the work. I have purchased and rented materials and tools. We have located the sculpture site in Punta Nizuc and are getting approvals from the marine park for all our plans to ensure it is a case study as well as art/science installation. The international and local team, 11 of us, meet on Monday to coordinate all aspects of installation, data collection, filming, power supply...Some people here have been helping me to bend the steel and as time is moving quickly, grateful to be surrounded by expert metal workers in the final hours so can hope complete work in a week or so. The goal is to deploy July 2-4. It has been an amazing adventure with many twists and turns when it came to equipment and metalworking, discovering the process for working here and who to hire onto the team. Many stories wish time to share! Today I dive with Jason (first dive since here) to see his Silent Evolution. Those of you who have not yet downloaded your DVD reward, update #7 has the how-to. Thank you!! Colleen

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