Art-Science Outreach @ Sculpture by the Sea
An art installation celebrating Operation Crayweed a scientific project to replant forests of seaweed that disappeared from the Sydney coastline in the 1980s is a feature of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. Operation Crayweed Art-Work-Site is a collaboration between artists Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford, of Turpin + Crawford Studio, and marine scientists from SIMS and UNSW who are carrying out the crayweed reforestation project. The multi-faceted environmental and community installation includes a yellow ‘art work-site’ fence stretching 500 metres along the famous coastal walk between South Bondi and Marks Park, and a yellow navigational buoy anchored just offshore at the site where the scientists have replanted some of the crayweed – a large form of seaweed. Waverley Mayor, Cr Sally Betts, officially launched the Operation Crayweed Art-Work-Site, saying it would inspire the many people who saw it to think about the environment and the underwater research. As part of the project, students from nearby schools participated in a series of science and art workshops to learn about crayweed and to make wearable sculptures based on the rich diversity of marine animals that will inhabit the transplanted seaweed forests.Operation Crayweed scientists will also be on site at Hunter Park and Marks Park to inform interested members of the community about the rehabilitation project and to carry out surveys to ascertain the value of the art and science collaboration.