In ‘If Only You Knew’ the landscape is distinctly removed from our own understanding of earth.
The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space, and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms – devastatingly however, it is under dire threat. Our actions over the next 10 years will change the face of our ocean and the reef, which is why it’s important to draw connections now between our existing cultural heritage and future intentions. Ocean activist Sylvia Earle shared in her 2014 documentary Mission Blue “If only you knew…if only you knew what beauty lies beneath” which became both the title and driving content of this artwork.
Just as we have the power to deeply harm our ocean, we equally have the power to modify our own behaviour in ways that act as an insurance policy for the future of the sea. Sylvia Earle has begun implementing “Hope Spots” – marine conservation areas as insurance for our ocean, and we've abstracted these spot shapes over three walls at Arch lane in Brisbane's inner CBD.
Frank & Mimi. © 2017