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BEAUTY AND DECAY:
DEATH MASK OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

SCULPTURE, 2018

Scientists declare we have approximately 25 years left to fight climate change. Despite that nearly every country in the world is currently a signatory to the Paris agreement, the world's leaders are stagnating in the critical process of reconstructing our industry practices and government policies. Are we beyond the Rubicon? Is the "fall of Earth" an impending reality in which, like Pompay and the Roman Senators, results in us escaping in the few ships available to recolonise on Titan?


This artwork serves as a hypothetical treasured artefact pertaining to a future dystopia where we failed to decarbonise Earth and lost one of our greatest natural wonders - it is a hauntingly poignant death mask of the Great Barrier Reef. Akin to the death masks and iconographic busts of the once-powerful nobles and famed individuals, all that remains in this story is the cold plastic impression of a heretofore Australian relic, and a point, indeed crossed.