July 13, 2007

Into the Abyss

written by Cyanide Seelowe

Journey to the ultimate depths of the ocean and experience the Abyss- combining history, art, and education into a fantastical exhibition of our planet's oceans. Enjoy your adventure!- Rezago Kokorin and Sunn Thunders

After months of teasing and tantalizing lures dangled out for the collaborative efforts of Sunn Thunders and Rezago Kokorin, we finally see the Abyss exhibit come into fruition! When you first teleport into the Abyss exhibit, you are surrounded by the familiar- set in a museum-like environment, you find yourself walking along a board walk set in the sand and surrounded by ancient sea-exploring relics and a plethora of well-researched information. It's a place that makes us reminisce about school field trips to our local museums and exploring the unknown through second-hand information and interesting visuals and replicas. Part of the museum is a testament to how indomitable the human spirit is by displaying- in words, pictures and stunning builds- how deep-sea exploration has evolved throughout history. At a glance, one can find out what the top 12 human-produced pollutants of a beach are and how unpleasant they can be to gaze upon. But that is where the familiarity ends and the fantastic elements begin.

When you first venture into the Abyss, you guide yourself through a long, dark hallway which gives a hint of neon color to help you guide yourself through the darkness. Venture further still and the hallway opens and bursts with the life and color and movement of a deep sea environment.

Feaux-bioluminescence comes in the form of many strange, fantastic and very real creatures. They move and sway with the small currents of their habitat, however they move only as much as they have to, as conserving energy is one of the vital points of living in the deep-sea world. When you hit the floor of the Abyss, you find yourself gazing upon life-giving thermal vents spewing out nourishing minerals for the various sedentary creatures and abandoned human elements that have settled from the world above.

But please, don't take my word for it. In order to truly grasp the beauty of this exhibit, you must EXPERIENCE it... you must be there for yourself and surround yourself with the beauty of the Abyss.

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