Ocean Utopia

by Val

Koh Tao is chosen by Val and her husband Frédéric for the first installation of Ocean Utopia because this island is very dear to them, having many happy memories of their visits and dives there along the years. With this project they will be able to give something back to the island which will enrich the local environment and community.

Having in mind to match their passion for art and their love for nature and sea, they decided to team up with Chad Scott and his team from New Heaven Reef Conservation Program (NHRCP) to achieve the installation of the artwork underwater in respect of sea regulations and ecological concerns. The NHRCP also manage the development of corals around and on the artworks; corals being one the mediums chosen by Val for her artwork. The chosen site is a protected and restricted area for preservation and regeneration of coral reefs and is located in the south of the island in Tao Tong Bay.

Foreword by Val

Nature is my daily comfort, the reason why I feel hopeful and grateful, the beauty of it, the continuous movement, the buoyancy, its immense diversity and its fabulous uniqueness. The underwater seascape offers even more variety and life.

I like sculptures to interact with nature, changing aspect thanks to the outdoors shadows in the day or moon light depending on the weather, the time of the day or the season. I like observing the evolution of corrosion of the medium.

Underwater, all these characteristics are enhanced, the day light illuminates the sculptures being in the seascape, playing with the curves, continuously changing with the movement of the waves, the sea drawing its own story with moving circles of light on the surface of the artwork. The alteration of the medium will evolve faster and will naturally modify the scenery.

With Ocean Utopia my wish is to go even further than that, I wish coral reefs to grow onto some specific areas of the artwork, allowing a complete and free interaction between the strength of nature and my artistic creation.

Ocean Utopia is organized like a city architecture with fluid lines, reminding the fluidity and the strength of water, allowing the fantasy of human life under the sea.

To remind us that we are shaped by our surrounding, the sculpture will be the starting point for growing new coral reefs, horizontally on the concrete base and vertically in the textured parts of the concrete architectures. I will define the original set up underwater and will then leave it to the elements.

The interaction between the sculpture and nature will totally depend on the wind, the sun, the tide, the currents, wildlife and flora.

The coral implementation done directly on the artwork will hopefully grow through months and years, gradually modifying the visual aspect, shapes and colours, of the architectural screens of my Ocean Utopia.

The meaning of art whelms with the meaning of nature.