The Dying Sea

PUBLISHED: 17:49 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:10 20 February 2013

The Dying Sea

The Dying Sea

Artist's beautiful work relays a vital message

Theres still just time to see The Dying Sea, a solo show by Dorothea Reid at Gallery@49 Contemporary Art Space Street, doors open to the public Saturday, October 27 October, 12 noon to 4pm.

The gallery is at 49 Broadway, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1BB, on the corner of Broadway and Crossway.

Our oceans are absorbing half the carbon dioxide produced by humans over the past 200 years, resulting in increased acidity which attacks and kills shellfish, plankton, and coral at the base of the marine food chain. Coral reefs are also being destroyed by destructive fishing practices and tourism.

The BBC reported recently: The worlds largest coral reef, under threat from Australias surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish, is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 per cent in the next decade. A study from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in the north-eastern city of Townsville say Australias Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in little more than a generation. And the pace of damage has picked up since 2006.

This is the topic that inspired the work of High Wycombe based artist Dorothea Reid currently on show at Gallery@49 in Bracknell town centre. She is presenting an installation of fine porcelain and clay ceramic pieces created from dead plants that relate to the shapes and textures of corals.

White is the dominant colour in this work providing a ghostly sense of loss and is also indicative of the colour of the bleached coral skeletons.

Janet Curley Cannon, Director of ReOrsa, the artist organisation which manages the gallery says: Having seen Dorotheas work on corals in exhibitions in Buckinghamshire last year I really wanted to have the opportunity to bring this show to Bracknell. The work is not only artistically beautiful but there is such a powerful message underlying it, art can be used to reflect the destruction that humanity is inflicting on the natural world.

The exhibition can be seen through the windows of the gallery at any time until 3 November.

Gallery@49 is a non-commercial contemporary art space promoting the work of visual artists from across the Thames Valley. For further information about the exhibition, Gallery@49, and ReOrsa visit

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