What’s afloat in Elwick Bay?

COMMUNITY members may have noticed that moorings and floats have appeared in the waters of the Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park (GASP!).

However, this is no accident – these objects are part of a new art installation by acclaimed artist, engineer and inventor Natalie Jeremijenko.

Ms Jeremijenko has been developing “Amphibious Architecture” for almost 18 months and the project will be officially launched on 12 May.

The installation is supported by GASP! and a number of other partners from the science and environment sectors in Hobart.

Amphibious Architecture blends art and science with a series of specially-designed buoys which house marine lights that “blink and bob” on the surface of the water, providing information about estuarine health.

The units measure dissolved oxygen levels, which are key indicators of the health of the eco-system.

Visitors and those interested from around the world can also text a toll-free number and receive real-time analysis of the health of the river.

The project is a world-first, developed from a prototype originally deployed in the East River in New York.

Amphibious Architecture aims to raise the profile of important issues related to the health of the Derwent Estuary.

Council and Crown permits have been secured and the work will be located in the water for a number of years.

For more information about Amphibious Architecture go to www.gasp.org.au

Caption: Artist Natalie Jeremijenko has developed the unique Amphibious Architecture project.

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