*Her waves lap at the sands of shore
And mix her mists with breeze
While seagulls high above her soar
On winds that seldom ease
I think of how the wind and sea
Are bound to one another
Inseperable they’ll always be
Like child and a mother
They each exchange a property
The other needs to thrive
Gift shared between the wind and sea
So all life can survive*
This is a pure fractal artwork that was inspired by the intricate and symbiotic relationship between our atmosphere and our oceans. The sea exchanges oxygen for carbon dioxide with the atmosphere the same way a plant does, but on a much greater scale. Often this fact is forgotten when talking about the need for our forests to remain healthy to facilitate this life-sustaining exchange of gases. We have used our oceans as industrial toilets for almost two hundred years now, with the foolish philosophy of ‘out of sight… out of mind’.
In the last decade our seas have been giving us a sign of the damage we have done, and continue to do, with our industrialized ways. ‘Dead Zones’ are now found in all of earth’s oceans, and are growing steadily at an alarming rate. These dead zones are areas of the ocean that are completely depleted of their oxygen content, killing all marine life that occupy these zones. They are primarily caused by pollution from our agricultural practices, such as chemical fertilizers. These pollutants find their way to the oceans through water run off from crop fields into rivers and streams. Some of the largest dead zones in the ocean are found were these rivers meet the sea, and extend for hundreds of miles into the ocean from this confluence.
We need to view our oceans as important to sustaining life, as we do the rain forests. The complex cycle between the oceans and the atmosphere is inseparable. Without healthy oceans, there will be no life on land… and without healthy lands there will be no life in our oceans. This artwork was meant to remind us all of that essential symbiotic relationship between the ocean and the sea.
This fractal artwork was created in ChaosPro. The same fractal was rendered twice, each time with a different color palette, and then composited together in Photoshop. The gradients were created using the ChaosPro gradient editor that comes packaged with the software. It was designed so it can be hung either horizontally or vertically without losing the effect. The original is 7200 × 6000 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. Below I have included a cutaway of the center at full size so you can see a bit in greater detail.