Over the years, we humans have devised many clever ways to protect ourselves: Sunscreen, helmets, high-tech security systems. We have a plan for pretty much any emergency that might arise.
Sadly, things aren't so easy for ocean animals. While some creatures have built in natural defenses, many are powerless against the threats of pollution, ocean warming and over-industrialization.
Now, the Surfrider Foundation is using one of our most ancient lines of defense—armor—to educate and raise awareness about the threats facing our ocean-dwelling wildlife in a multimedia art experience at the Aquarium of the Pacific from September 15 through November 15, 2012.
The Surfrider Foundation, Saatchi & Saatchi LA and production designer Greg Aronowitz teamed up to construct a collection of life-sized ocean armor sculptures meant to inspire aquarium guests to take action to preserve our oceans since the animals in them can't protect themselves. The collection includes sculptures of the bottlenose dolphin, red-crowned crane, Alaskan sea otter and Ocellaris clownfish, all constructed with design influence from around the world, from medieval European armor to 12th-century Japanese samurai gear.
Along with the armor exhibit, the aquarium will project an ongoing program about the connection between ocean health and human health, Ocean in Motion, in the Ocean Science Center.
For more information on the Ocean Armor art exhibit, visit OceanArmor.org. For more information on the Ocean in Motion, visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/AquariumOfPacific.org!