On the sea floor in Cozumel, Mexico, a steel sculpture has become a living coral reef.
Titled “Zoe,” it’s the brainchild of Colleen Flanigan, a socio-ecological artist whose work captures both the whimsical beauty of the ocean and the urgent need to protect it.
Based in the coastal town of Santa Cruz, California, she’s acutely aware of the threats facing the oceans — and their inhabitants.
“(Corals are) very like to be the first major ecosystem to go extinct,” Flanigan warns, due to “ocean acidification and climate change.”
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