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Art installation of a reef.

Saving Coral Reefs from Climate Change Through Science and Art

October 22, 2023

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

227 State Street Madison, WI, 53703


Free Admission • MMoCA Lecture Hall

At first look, Federico’s Uribe’s Plastic Reef (2018-2023) appears to be an underwater world filled with corals, mussels, and schools of fish. However, everything has been created and replicated using thousands of pieces of upcycled plastic carefully cut, dyed, and arranged. Discarded plastic bottles, cutlery, flip flops, and other plastic detritus that finds its way to the oceans, where it collects into “garbage islands” highlights the damage done to the oceans by pollution.  

Pupa Gilbert will use the coral reef on display in Federico Uribe: Metamorphosis | Metamorfosis as a jumping off point to discuss how to save coral reefs and counter the damage humans do through climate change. Gilbert is a Professor of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a visiting faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   

This talk is presented in conjunction with the Wisconsin Science Festival.