Drawing from her fascination with marine life, artist Cristal De La Cruz presents ANTHOZOA, a series of sculptures depicting the beauty in survival of a dying underwater species.
Temperatures above and below sea level are rising rapidly due to global warming, affecting amongst others structures such as the anthozoa. In an attempt to save themselves, the anthozoa poison their own ecosystem by releasing a protein that acts as a chemical sunscreen, turning them into fluorescent colors.
After seeing the documentary Chasing Coral (The Ocean Agency, 2017), where the causes and effects of this phenomenon is presented, De La Cruz became intrigued by these changes and decided to encapsulate this reality and bring awareness to this occurrence through her art, bringing about ANTHOZOA.
With the use of 3D software, the artist sculpted twelve corals, which are presented in various shades of purple based on the color palette found in the underwater landscapes. By using a combination of natural material from the sea such as sand and salt amongst others to produce the art works, a reflection of what is happening in the ocean is brought to the surface.
Cristal De La Cruz (1990) studied at the University of the Arts Utrecht.
She graduated in 2018 as a Product Designer with a Bachelor of Design.
Kinetic artist inspiring on marine life.