From Moby Dick, over Titanic to Ernest Hemingways Tha Old Man and the Sea, the oceans play a vital role in literature, film, music and the stories we tell our kind.

“Under” – Europes first underwater restaurant

Underwater restaurant with big window and chairs and tables

© Under

In the south of Norway, close to a town called Lindesnes, and five meters below the surface the first underwater restaurant of Europe can be found. A huge window within the modern and minimalistic designed dining room allows visitors to observe the surrounding marine life such as the Chrystal jellyfish. With its unique architecture and its thick concrete walls, the half-sunken “Under” was built to represent the coexistence and balance between land and sea. Visitors can experience an unknown ecosystem with all its impressions and expand their horizons.

 “Under” also operates as a location for marine science where marine biologists – with the help of cameras and other measurement tools – observe the ecosystem. Furthermore, the concrete walls can function as an artificial reef after a certain amount of time which allows kelp forests and limpets to grow.

Underwater restaurant seen from outside

© Under

A seasonal menu from locally sourced ingredients and locally caught fish and seafood is served for up to 40 guests at a time. 

If “Under” can provide the desired mind-changing experience for guests has to be proven. The idea behind “Under”, however, is definitely a thoughtful approach to convey sustainability. It supports the significance of people gaining greater knowledge about their consumption behaviour, specifically the food they consume and how it impacts the environment.

More information concerning the restaurant can be found at Under and Snøhetta.

If you want to know more about overfishing, by-catch, ghost nets, shark conservation and aquaculture you can find collected information on our overfishing site.

Kirie Octopus Cut From a Single Piece of Paper by Masayo Fukuda

Colossal, 28.12.2018

Kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’) is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Variations of kirie can be found in cultures around the world but the Japanese version is said to be derived from religious ceremonies and can be traced back to around the AD 700s. In its most conventional form, negative space is cut from a single sheet of white paper and then contrasted against a black background to reveal a rendering. Veteran kirie artist Masayo Fukuda (previously) has been practicing the art form for 25 years and recently revealed what she says is her greatest masterpiece of 2018.

Although the intricate piece looks like several layers overlapped, Fukuda stayed true to the conventional form, using only a single sheet of paper to render her detailed depiction of an octopus. The level of detail at times even looks like a fine ballpoint pen drawing. But a closer look confirms indeed that each and every detail is carefully made from cut-out negative space in the white paper. […]

The entire article can be found here.


Elegy for the Arctic

Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway).

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Searing Bands of White Light Mark the Ocean’s Rising Tides in a Coastal Community

© Documentation of Installation by Pekka Niittyvirta & Timo Aho

Colossal, 05.03.2019, Author: Laura Staugaitis

A chilling new installation in the Outer Hebrides shows the impact of climate change and rising tides on the low-lying islands off the west coast of Scotland. Lines (57° 59 ́N, 7° 16 ́W)  was created by Finnish artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho for Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist. The site-specific installation uses sensors and LED lights to show where the water will flow during storm surges if the Earth’s temperature continues to rise. Searing white lines mark this rising water level on the sides of buildings, hover over bridges, and extend across other susceptible areas across the museum campus and surrounding community.

The installation’s delineations starkly demonstrate the ticking clock that makes the museum’s current location unsustainable unless drastic measures are taken to stop climate change. The video below shows the artists’ installation process. You can see more from Niittyvirta and Aho on their websites. (via designboom)

Source and furhter images of the installation:

Plastik Soup of Atlas

© Plastic Soup Atlas of the World/ Plastic Soup Foundation/ Island Press

“Plastics have transformed every aspect of our lives. Yet the very properties that make them attractive—they are cheap to make, light, and durable—spell disaster when trash makes its way into the environment. Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution is a beautifully-illustrated survey of the plastics clogging our seas, their impacts on wildlife and people around the world, and inspirational initiatives designed to tackle the problem.” – Island Press

Environment Journal, 03.04.2019, Author: Thomas Barrett

Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution is a beautifully-illustrated book that details the ‘plastic soup’ that is clogging the world’s seas and polluting the environment.

Its author Michiel Roscam Abbing spoke to Environment Journal about ‘plastic fatigue’, how nations can better work together to tackle the issue, and why technology should be the key to cutting down on waste.

What was the most shocking thing you learnt about plastic pollution when researching the book?

The most shocking thing is what is not visible. We breathe microplastics continuously without fully understanding the consequences for our health in the long run.

And what is the impact of increasing concentrations of microplastics in soil? Scientists claim that negative effects on terrestrial ecosystems might have a greater impact than at sea. The most shocking is probably what we don’t know yet.

Why do children seem more engaged with climate change, plastic pollution and other environmental matters than their parents (and grandparents) generation?

Children realise that climate change and problems like ‘plastic soup’ have arisen within one generation —that of their parents. They are uncertain what the world will look like by the time they grow up themselves. While their parents’ generation has profited from plastics, they will be confronted by the negative impacts of plastics on the environment and on their health.

There are some shocking images in your book, such as the turtle stuck in a net, how important have visual mediums such as social media been in raising awareness of the plastic problem?

Some of the images have become iconic and the suffering of animals easily evokes emotion. The impact of these images for raising awareness cannot be underestimated. For the book, we selected images that are beautiful and shocking at the same time. Next to these images, there is context and information. […]

The full interview can be found here.

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There Is Gas Under the Tundra

“Flare. During the drilling of a new well, the gas is burned until the pressure stabilizes. This dangerous procedure is usually carried out at a height but, since the tundra is uninhabited, it is done here at ground level.” © Charles Xelot

“50 years of the Victory. Stern of the nuclear powered ice-breaker, “50 years of the Victory”, preparing to town a vessel in the Kara sea. She is the biggest ice-breaker in service in the world. During the winter, she opens the way in the Kara sea, helping tankers and cargo to reach the industrial site of the Yamal peninsula.” © Charles Xelot

“Merzlotnik. This ice cave was dug in permafrost in the 1950s. There are many in the Russian Arctic. Its stable temperature of -12 ° C throughout the year allows the storage of fishes. Since the increase of the industrial activity in Yamal, there has been a decline in fish stocks.” © Charles Xelot

More images and information about „There Is Gas Under the Tundra“ can be found here.

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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

Winner of the category “Wide angle”: “Gentle Giants” from © François Baelen

Winner of the category “Macro”: “Fast Cuttlefish” from © Fabio Lardino

Winner of the category “Marine Conservation”: “Caretta caretta turtle” from © Eduardo Acevedo

Third place in the category “Marine Conservation”: “Silent Killer” from © Noam Kortler

More images and image descriptions can be found here.

The Guardian