New art and science exhibit to open at Bigelow Laboratory Nov. 9

A new two-story artwork installation that celebrates ocean lifetime in the Gulf of Maine and the scientific attempts to understand it will open at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on Nov. 9. “Majestic Fragility” was made by Gulf of Maine EcoArts artists, in collaboration with ocean researchers and pupils from across the state. 

The show is the culmination of a three-12 months undertaking with Bigelow Laboratory experts. Impressed by the pure earth beneath the waves, the artists worked to develop a scene of the usually unseen. The installation aims to seize the dynamic biodiversity of our oceans and encourage people to think about how they are related to it.

“Our study close to the globe is revealing so a lot about the marvel and possibility of the ocean – as perfectly the sizeable threats it is dealing with,” stated Senior Exploration Scientist Nick Record, the coordinating scientist for the undertaking. “All of these issues are intricate, but the destiny of the oceans is the destiny of humanity. We will need contemporary strategies to think about the future in buy to satisfy these troubles, and this art is a way of encouraging us discover new prospects and inspire men and women to be element of the options.”

Five Maine artists established parts for the installation, a cross-segment of sky and sea that illuminates the incredible diversity of lifestyle in the Gulf of Maine. It options a selection of vital endangered and threatened marine lifestyle from phytoplankton to birds, in sculpture, textile art, and prints. 

At the center of the show is a bone-white, 24-foot sculpture of a North Atlantic Appropriate Whale, just one of the most endangered species on the planet. Encouraged by walks in the woods, artist Andy Rosen made the sculpture from elements of trees and other reclaimed terrestrial material.

“The whale is an abstraction of a model that would cling in a purely natural heritage museum,” he stated. “It’s a juxtaposition of marine and forest techniques. A whale from a human’s point of view is a discreet factor, but just one in nature is part of integrated networks. Abstraction is a way of blurring the boundaries involving men and women. It is a way to highlight more fluid connections.”  

It was designed and built by Gulf of Maine EcoArts, a collaborative of Maine artists who established out to build art motivated by, and to celebrate, the environment. In addition to Rosen, Lee Chisholm, Anna Dibble, Joe Hemes and Pamela Moulton all contributed hanging artwork to the installation. It also involved a staff of educators and learners from far more than 16 Maine colleges – from center faculty through faculty.

“We produced ‘Majestic Fragility’ to produce public awareness of our maritime family in the quickly warming Gulf of Maine and some of the valuable habitats they count on, like Cashes Ledge,” stated Dibble, the founder of Gulf of Maine EcoArts. “The show also champions the attempts of companies like Bigelow Laboratory as they deal with the local weather and biodiversity disaster, function toward obtaining answers, and collectively invite us to get up our future as stewards.”

“Majestic Fragility” can be considered at Bigelow Laboratory, situated at 60 Bigelow Travel in East Boothbay, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All site visitors are expected to wear masks within the laboratory.  

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is an impartial, nonprofit study institute located in East Boothbay, Maine. From the Arctic to the Antarctic, Bigelow Laboratory scientists use progressive methods to examine the basis of global ocean health and unlock its opportunity to strengthen the long run for all daily life on the planet. Understand more at, and be part of the conversation on Fb, Instagram, and Twitter.