Diorama - Dive In

Kiln formed glass with dichroic on a bespoke cast bronze base

Traditional dioramas sought to imitate nature and thereby instil the viewer with a reverence to its beauty and grandeur by offering a glimpse into the vastness and spectacular nature of the world. They were also used to illustrate an environment before changes were made to it due to the impact of human involvement. Oceans cover about seventy percent of the Earth’s surface and are integral to life and influence both global climate and weather patterns. The Indian Ocean is the third largest and the warmest in the world. There is evidence since 1900 of a continuous rise in temperature due to human activity that is affecting the marine ecosystem, endangering fish as well as well as whales, dolphins and seals. The Indian Ocean is has a history of maritime trade dating back seven thousand years and today connects Europe with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In 2010 a new environmental threat was discovered in the Indian Ocean Gyre, an enormous patch of plastic rubbish covering over five million square kilometres. As this vortex circulates the ocean from Australia to Africa and back, the sun breaks down the plastics releasing toxic chemicals into the food chain and puts marine mammals at risk of entanglement. It is also thought that ninety percent of sea birds have some form of plastic in them.

25cm x 45cm x 45cm

(Base made by the South London Foundry)