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Message in a Bottle Frontside: interactive chalkboard where people write their wish for the ocean. by Brazenworks.

Message in a Bottle Frontside: interactive chalkboard where people write their wish for the ocean. Renderings by Brazenworks.

I was recently asked to serve as a science advisor for an extremely cool public art project called Message in a Bottle. The project is still pending approval, but is part of a group of proposals by designers, techies, and artists to help raise public awareness of ocean issues through art.

Funded by Blue Trail, this initiative will take advantage of the crowds drawn to SF for this year’s America’s Cup by installing several temporary, interactive art projects along the main walkways where the Cup festivities will be centered. I had never heard of Blue Trail before and am really excited to see the work they are doing to foster “Imagination + Innovation for Ocean Sustainability.”

And I have been absolutely blown away by the talents of “Team Peepshow”, the brilliance behind what I think is by far the BEST project proposed (OK, so I am biased. What do you think, having viewed the other contenders?)

Message in a Bottle: backside cabinet of curiosities for people to explore

Message in a Bottle: backside cabinet of curiosities for people to explore. By Brazenworks.

To have the opportunity to think creatively and work as part of a multidisciplinary team to accomplish bold, beautiful messages that can truly create impact—well, that is just about the best kind of “work” I can imagine. As a scientist, there is nothing more fun than sharing my knowledge and watching it become transformed into a cabinet of curios.

Message in a Bottle Backside: cabinets to be filled with ocean curios and facts to intrigue and inspire. Rendering by Brazenworks.

Message in a Bottle Backside: cabinets to be filled with ocean curios and facts to intrigue and inspire. Rendering by Brazenworks.

I am humbled by the extreme expertise and amazing caliber of design and execution that Brazenworks and the entire team put forth. (How did they make the bottle look so real, so already there??!!) Thank you, Heidi Q. for inviting me on board this journey. Projects like this restore my faith in people as a force for good (and beauty) on the planet. This is one bottle the oceans will benefit from having come to life.

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