Monday, January 28, 2019 - 10:00

The Eden Project is hosting a weekend of marine-themed activities to mark the launch of a stunning visual and audio installation revealing the invisible life in the world’s oceans.

INVISIBLE WORLDS OCEAN: PLANKTON CHRONICLES by Christian Sardet & The Macronauts features magnificent photography that explores the beauty and diversity of plankton.

Weird and wonderful creatures from microscopic bacteria to fish larvae to jellyfish, plankton perform a range of vital life-giving services but many are under severe threat because of climate change.

Christian Sardet is a cell researcher and co-founder and coordinator of the Tara Oceans Expedition, dedicated to the global study of plankton. His son Noé and fellow artist Sharif Mirshak initiated the PLANKTON CHRONICLES project to share the beauty and diversity of plankton:

The exhibition, previously shown at the KYOTOGRAPHIE EXHIBITION in Japan and as part of “THE GREAT ORCHESTRA OF ANIMALS EXHIBITION” at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, finds a permanent home at Eden in Bodelva, Cornwall.

OCEAN: PLANKTON CHRONICLES opens at Eden on Saturday, February 2, with two full days of events and activities for all ages, including family shows, crafts, storytelling and book signings.

During the launch weekend visitors can come face to face with creatures of the deep - including whales, dolphins, turtles and basking sharks - in educational workshops featuring incredible life-sized inflatable models. Run by the Whale Workshop, the sessions will show how everyone can make a difference for marine wildlife.

There will be a madcap show called Operation Ocean from the Eden Storytellers and science workshops will be hosted in the state-of-the-art Lab in the Core education building, home of Invisible Worlds, where everyone can view plankton close-up.

There will also be demonstrations and talks by Christian and Noé as well as marine biologists from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biology Association.

On display will be the haunting Ghostnet Dress made from discarded Cornish fishing nets. The powerful and provocative outfit was created by Linda Thomas of Ecodesign to raise awareness of marine pollution.

Visitors can create their own piece of sea-themed craft to take home, including plankton mandalas, with help from Eden’s craft team, and children can have their faces painted to imitate marine creatures.

Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s Director of Interpretation, said: “We are delighted to host this compelling exhibition by Christian Sardet & The Macronauts which reveals the extraordinary invisible life in oceans.

“Most planktonic creatures are microscopic in size but play a huge role in underpinning our food chain and regulating our climate. These vital creatures face many challenges today, including plastic pollution and climate change.

“Our launch weekend on February 2 and 3 will celebrate the invisible life in the oceans and show ways we can help look after it with a host of activities and events which the whole family can enjoy.”

Eden science team member Gabriella Gilkes, who was part of the original Tara Oceans Expedition, said “We have long wanted to bring to light the amazing and important work of the Tara Ocean Expedition at Eden and I am delighted that there is a space in which to share the awe and wonder of these incredible creatures.”
OCEAN: PLANKTON CHRONICLES is part of a programme of events, temporary exhibitions, talks and workshops at the Eden Project exploring new collaborations between science and art as part of Eden’s Invisible Worlds programme.
Its centrepiece is ∞ Blue (Infinity Blue), a huge, ceramic, ‘breathing’ sculpture that pays homage to cyanobacteria, amongst the world’s smallest living beings which, around three billion years ago, produced the world’s first free oxygen.
Invisible Worlds is supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and the Wolfson Foundation. 
Entry to INVISIBLE WORLDS OCEAN: PLANKTON CHRONICLES and the launch weekend on February 2 and 3 is included with Eden admission, Pass or Membership. There is an additional price for face painting.
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