These are sketches for enlarged kelp and plankton forms. Feather boa, fucus, bull kelp and the lovely giant cyanea jellyfish hanging over several microscopic zooplankton.
Feather boa kelp found in the lower intertidal zone, up to 6' in length. Sea sacs, whose globular forms are filled with air and water are actually about 4-5" in height, but deserve to be made spectacularly huge.
Fucus, or rockweed is a common brown kelp from the lower intertidal zone. It's swollen air-filled leaves have a bumpy texture and graceful clumping forms. They provide important protection for tiny marine life like fish, crabs and various larval forms. They are about 8" in height.
This installation involves the suspended giant cyanea jellyfish with LED lighting emanating from within its deeply textured undersurface. The floor mounted piece beneath is the almost microscopic form of a snail - a pteropod with the lovely name of Clio polita. The other hanging elements are also zooplankton.
On the right is the bull kelp's graceful globe and curving stem. On the left is the geoduck and a limpet.