"Our Changing Seas III" is part of an ongoing series featuring large-scale coral reef sculptures by artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison, who finds herself turning to environmental science and marine biology to find inspiration for her artwork.
The artist carefully shapes the coral from glazed stoneware and porcelain to mimic the beauty of nature, using chopsticks and paint brushes to sculpt each piece by hand.
"I create work that celebrates the exotic forms of ocean flora and fauna in concert with their biological complexity, diversity, and vulnerability in the face of human-caused threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing and land-based pollution," explains Mattison."
There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly to decrease the threats we impose."
Currently on display from now until June 15, 2014 at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York.