Zoecam with Trunkfish by Colleen Flanigan, 2017, regenerative eco-art installation with webcam
Zoe means life (in Greek) and is a memorial to Zoe Anderson, a young woman who wanted to save corals, and who tragically died from carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a sad irony that its sister molecule, Carbon Dioxide, is threatening our entire planet. My long-term, ecological art project, Living Sea Sculpture, is installed in Cozumel, Mexico, and its “Zoecam” livestreams undersea video documentation 24/7 worldwide, becoming a “virtual aquarium”. Low-voltage electricity precipitates minerals to fortify the sculpture into an evolving, life-supporting habitat for homeless corals and biodiversity in a region devastated by hurricanes, pollution, tourism, and climate change. As a memorial and coral refuge, this project uses the power of art, science, and technology to highlight life’s fragility and its promise. Nothing happens in a vacuum. If the ocean teaches us anything, it’s that everything is connected and we belong to the same planet. It’s our job to create the conditions for all life to flourish.