The project focuses on the wellbeing of the waterways and oceans by centering around an almost five decades old and ongoing ecological catastrophe in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of South Florida. It started off with a collaborative intervention by the local diving community and residents, activists and artists to relocate parts of the two million tires damaging natural reefs nearby into an art space.
The generated visibility and international awareness led to a cooperative project in conjunction with the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan since 2013.
The project also proposes a novel landscape – scale strategy using emerging technologies to mitigate the deleterious ecological and environmental effects of the Osborne Reef, a failed artificial reef project implemented in the 1970’s.
While there exists a body of practices of reef construction, both recent breakthroughs in design technology and materials fabrication as well as the accelerating threat of coral habitat loss have driven the project authors to consider the efficacy of new systems of coral reef habitat creation.
The proposal presented addresses both the specific considerations of the Osborne site while addressing some of the wider threats to coral reef systems worldwide, and in that vein can be considered as a test bed for a new typology of reef conservation strategy.