A week-long event focusing on SciArt workshops, performances, and art pieces. Artsweek 2019 was themed "Science is art."
SciArt Mural Project
Five scientists and five artists teamed up to illustrate coral reefs in the face of climate change murals on Chancellery Walk at UNSW in January 2019.
Coral Reefs in Climate Change
brought art to the UNSW campus in the form of mural designs on coral reefs and climate change.
Five scientists and five artists were paired up to create a mural design based on the research topic of each scientist. The scientists featured are UNSW and University of Newcastle PhD students studying the effects of climate change on coral reefs. Each mural design tells part of the story of this resilient yet fragile ecosystem.
The artists chosen for this project are a combination of UNSW Art and Design students and professional Sydney-based artists. Each of their artistic styles are unique.
Australia is home to the largest coral reef system in the world. The Great Barrier Reef is an icon for Australia as well as the changing climate. As sea surface temperatures continue to rise, corals face threats such as bleaching and ocean acidification, which make it difficult to sustain the great amount of marine life that rely on this system. These murals help communicate our current understanding of the changing ecosystem and bring some color to a dark topic.
Coral bleaching across time
Charlotte is a PhD student at UNSW studying how physical components of reefs like water flow affect bleaching
susceptibility and how these factors can be used to help coral restoration. Shamanthi is a UNSW art and design student and professional mural artist. Their design shows a timeline of bleaching events from 1998 to 2017.