Artist Statement'Pania of the Reef' is the legendary protector of the reef in local Maori folklore and is believed to live in the waters off the coast of Napier. Due to human-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to increase at alarming rates, killing our reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them worldwide. Pania is depicted floating defiant and hopeful over her baron reef despite the fact that she is also dissolving from the acidification of the ocean.
The FocusOcean acidification
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