There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean (2007)

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John Webb: There is water at the bottom of the ocean (2007)

There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean (2007)
1.0 x 1.5m


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John Webb: There is water at the bottom of the ocean (2007) Detail 1


John Webb: There is water at the bottom of the ocean (2007) Detail 2


John Webb: There is water at the bottom of the ocean (2007) Detail 3

There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean
(2007)
(Detail 1) 
There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean
(2007)
(Detail 2) 
There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean
(2007)
(Detail 3)

                    Notes:


The work:

This work takes its title from a line in an old Talking Heads song "Once in A Life time" (released in 1981). A video of Talking Heads performing this song can be seen at YouTube (no sound, due to copyright restrictions).

"Water dissolving...and water removing

There is water at the bottom of the ocean

Carry the water at the bottom of the ocean

Remove the water at the bottom of the ocean!"

Read more at  Wikipedia
 
Lyrics courtesy lyricsfreak 
The bubbles in this painting were very time consuming to create.



Australian context

The Great Reefs of Australia are a part of Australian and world heritage.The unique qualities of the reef were recognised in 1981 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
 
Tragically, large portions of the reef are now bleaching and dying, and the fauna and flora that inhabit the reefs will follow suit. A 2014 outlook report about the state of the reef is still a WIP, but the 2009 Report is available online. You can also read and comment online on the government's 2014 Reef Trust discussion paper.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen in all its colourful beauty on the BBC (2012) documentary Great Barrier Reef - Nature's Miracle (available at YouTube).



Diver's bubbles
Soft coral, Great Barrier Reef
 These bubbles are the real thing!
Photo: Sailormn34
 Soft coral, Flynn Reef, Australia
Photo: Australian Diving 2000

False clown anemone fish Flynn's Reef Australia



Coral and diver

 False clown anemone fish,  Flynn Reef, Australia
Photo: Australian Diving 2000
Many kinds of coral at the bottom of the ocean
Photo: TPSdave