HLD for the Mediterranean is proud to support the Reef Saver project
“Art to the rescue of coral reefs”
With a 50% decrease in the world's living coral cover since the 1950s, coral reefs are in danger. The HLD Group, along with various partners, has decided to get involved to raise awareness about this major problem.
Reefs, essential ecosystems
Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of marine biodiversity even though they represent less than 0.1% of the world's ocean. With global warming and plastic pollution from the fishing industry (70% by weight of floating macro-waste according to the NGO GhostGear) it is estimated that 90% of these reefs could disappear by 2050 (source: IPCC).
Art, a vector of impact
Faced with this ecological tragedy, many actors are mobilizing and the HLD Fund for the Mediterranean has chosen, among other things, to appeal to the public through the prism of art.
By supporting Reef Saver, the Group is supporting a textile and digital art project to raise public awareness of the impact of global warming on biodiversity and to question our role in the disappearance of these essential ecosystems.
Making the invisible visible
Created by SK Lerner, a French-American artist, the work proposes an artistic representation of the coral reef made from used fishing nets.
This wall sculpture of 1.60 m in diameter, is associated with the projection of a digital animation loop (in 3D mapping) and accompanied by a dynamic display of the year and correlated temperature rise, to represent the progressive decoloration of the reef.
“Nothing is lost, nothing is created..”
Exhibited at the end of October at the Citée de Sciences as part of Biomim'expo, this work is part of a circularity approach: it will eventually be recycled and transformed into objects that will in turn be numbered and sold for the benefit of an association working for the preservation of coral reefs.