Minima | Maxima
The sculpture is based on the structure of the coral, which refers to the elements of water, from which the life on the Earth is known to have originated. Corals live for hundreds of years and are living organisms that contribute to the purification of the world ocean from metabolic byproducts of many marine animals and fish. Also corals have existed on Earth for thousands of years and now help scientists learn about what the climate was like centuries ago. Now there is a threat that the decrease in the ozone layer may cause many representatives of shallow-water corals to disappear due to the aggressive influence of ultraviolet radiation. The artist's work reminds the viewer of the need to think about the fragility of nature, that humanity is responsible for preserving the natural balance on Earth and should take care not only of one particular representative of the sea depths, but also of all living things that may completely disappear in the foreseeable Future. The sculpture of Mark Fornes is, in a way, interactive as a visitor of the exhibition can go through it, interact, feel themselves to be part of something sacred, a link between the past and the future. The sculpture is also a complex engineering structure, consisting of approximately 7,500 individual elements assembled by a team of French engineers and architects. Aluminum elements are held together by some 142 000 metal rivets.