Floating Island Ecosystem
The retention pond on the property of the Cameron museum enables us to have a direct collaboration with a local aquatic ecosystem, capturing microscopy imagery of its living systems while translating data and sound from the island’s built in water quality sensor bank and underwater hydrophone & camera. Simultaneously it provides a reciprocal benefit of reducing bacteria, micro plastics and other toxins in the pond through a process known as bioremediation. An array of native water plants will be planted throughout the island in late February / early March 2022, filtering the water by absorbing nitrogen and phosphates through their roots, helping to reduce algae blooms which lead to low oxygen environments where toxic bacteria can grow. The island will include a 3D printed, algae inspired structure that connects to the Confluence show in the Cameron Art Museum as well as a solar powered data transmission system. After dark, the island will pulse with light and color, translating data into a multi-media display. This project was created by Gene A. Felice II in collaboration with Dr. Catherina Alves-de-Souza and the Algal Resources Collection at UNCW.