I’ve often wondered what it would be like to dive in a kelp forest – one of those with really long fronds in Tasmania or Monterey Bay, USA, for instance. I imagine they are pretty strong and entangling, as I’ve seen photos of otters wrapped in them to sleep. Seems the otters do this deliberately to stop themselves drifting away while snoozing. You can see a YouTube video of diving in the Tasmanian kelp forests here.
I got some sort of feeling to match my imagination in an art installation by Philip Beesley in a big old warehouse at the 2012 Biennale in Sydney.
Through that massive dose of art all at once, I’ve discovered I’m not big on the stuff just hanging on walls, but I really like installations, particularly interactive ones. So it was with particular delight that I saw, or rather participated in, Beesley’s ‘Hydrozoic Series’ on Cockatoo Island – especially as it had a definite ‘living’ flavour.