T I M E L A P S E D #2, 2017

Steel, enamel paint

Images: Christo Crocker

Counihan Gallery, Noel Counihan Commemorative Award, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia

The majority of the excess heat generated by the last 200 hundred or so years of fossil fuel emissions is absorbed by the Earth's oceans. As coral is subjected to extreme localised temperature increases, it enters a survival phase where it engages a kind of sunscreen layer in an effort to protect itself from the warmer than usual water (above around 32 degrees celsius). This layer appears fluro in appearance for an unknown period of time in a final effort to resist the stressful conditions. In the water cools in time, then the coral will return to its normal colour. If not, then it turns a bleached white colour, not necessarily dead but in a weakened state of being. Some scientists liken this to a form of coral osteoporosis.

In 1998, 2002, 2016 and 2017, the Great Barrier Reef system, particularly the Northern Barrier Reef area beyond Port Douglas, experienced mass bleaching episodes that has rendered two thirds of the 3000km long reef system in a weakened state of being. More mass bleaching is predicted. The Great Barrier Reef is utilised by many Australians and visitors alike for restorative recreational purposes, income generation and as a source of protein.

Support the use of cleaner, more renewable energy or hybrid systems in order for us to cease being reliant of harmful and exhaustible fossil fuel resources.

Speak out against mega mines such as the Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australia.

In what state of being are we happy to leave the planet for the next generations that follow us?

- Ben Taranto

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