Artist StatementSpiraling Reef is a child-friendly mural that I created to illustrate our native coral and fish species while subtly expressing the issue of coral bleaching. Because of global warming, when the water gets too warm, it makes it hard for the coral and the organisms living inside it to survive, resulting in a bleached color. This mural depicts a colorful coral reef with a spiral spinning out from the center, leaving everything it overlaps in black and white. This spiral represents coral bleaching. The coloring book feel of the art is meant to be appealing to all who come to the VI Children’s Museum. It is my hope that the urge to color in the black and white spiral will mirror the desire to keep our coral reefs colorful.