New Book Plunges into the Vast Diversity of the World’s Oceans Across 3,000 Years #ArtTuesday

The Little Nemo submarine ride at Disneyland is pretty good. But before the ride got branded and redesigned, it was called simply Submarine Voyage. Sitting along a bench inside the submarine, patrons watched through a little porthole as the craft eased into ever-deeper waters. In truth, the submarine never submerged at all. Cleverly placed bubble storms simulated dives. More importantly the fixed perspective of the porthole created a paradoxical effect: the simulated ocean seemed immense, and the reveals of each new sea creature were surprising and exhilarating, even the secret surprise sea serpent at the end.

The amazing thing is that there are many mysteries still to be discovered in the real oceans of the real world. Here’s more from COLOSSAL:

Despite thousands of years of research and an unending fascination with marine creatures, humans have explored only five percent of the oceans covering the majority of the earth’s surface. A forthcoming book from Phaidon dives into the planet’s notoriously vast and mysterious aquatic ecosystems, traveling across the continents and three millennia to uncover the stunning diversity of life below the surface.

Spanning 352 pages, Ocean, Exploring the Marine World brings together a broad array of images and information ranging from ancient nautical cartography to contemporary shots from photographers like Sebastião Salgadoand David Doubilet. The volume presents science and history alongside art and illustration—it features biological renderings by Ernst Haekcl, Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints, and works by artists like Kerry James Marshall, Vincent van Gogh, and Yayoi Kusama—in addition to texts about conservation and the threats the climate crises poses to underwater life.

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