The Mind Museum proudly launches an exhibition about the rich marine biodiversity in the Philippines
The Mind Museum and the California Academy of Sciences (CAS), with
the support from the U.S. Government, launched “A
Glass of the Sea: An Exhibition on the Coral Triangle”last
July 16, 2015. The exhibition features the astounding biodiversity of
the Coral Triangle, particularly the Verde Island Passage which is
dubbed as the world’s “center of the center of
proposal was inspired by a scientific study that came out last year
that if you scoop a glass of water from the ocean and examine its content, you
will know the variety of life present in that ocean. For A Glass of the Sea which we nicknamed AGoS, it meant figuring out
how a relatively miniscule space with a few exhibits, can do justice to the enormity of its source and science going on in
there”, shared Maria Isabel Garcia, Curator of The Mind Museum.
Guests will have the opportunity to learn about fascinating marine
creatures and how to care for marine life through stunning
underwaterfootage taken from the expeditions conducted by the CAS in
the Coral Triangle area, interactive games and art sculptures.
Glass of the Sea can be experienced through three“short”
connected stories: the story of the sea, the story of the science of
the sea, and the story of your role in the sea.
the story of the sea, select raw footages of the CAS expedition and
of tantalizing creatures are shown – like in an aquarium.
the story of the science of the sea, The Mind Museum designed
original exhibits where physical objects were melded with
sensing technology so one can get to know specific creatures up close
and get to know them individually. There are also original
interactive games that would educate and imbibe the ethic that comes
from understanding marine sustainability in terms of fishing and
throwing trash in it.
the story of your role in the sea, intriguing sculptures that would
make one think of our relationship with the Coral Triangle were made.
The sculptures are silent but hopefully, will make one not just think
but also feel that the choices we make affect our seas. There is also a space for educational
activities to further the appreciation on marine life and
project is supported by the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States
Agency for International Development under the Partnerships for
Enhanced Engagement in(Science)
Research or PEER Science Grant. The grantenabled local researcher
Garcia, to partner with U.S.-based researcher Dr. Terrence Gosliner
of the CAS to
work together on achieving ecosystem resilience.
U.S. Government is pleased to be part of this exhibit which aims to
of the Philippines’ biodiversity and more importantly, to raise
awareness on the need
to conserve the Coral Triangle to support marine resources and the
that depend on them. Strengthened natural resources and environmental
management contributes to our shared goal of broad-based and
resilient growth in the Philippines. Surely with the best minds in
the Philippines and in the U.S. working together, many of the
country’s development challenges can be addressed,” USAID Mission
Director Gloria D. Steelesaid.
Mind Museum will also be bringing A Glass of the Sea to other parts of
the next two years. Located in Bonifacio Global City, The Mind Museum
is a non-stock, non-profit science museum of the Bonifacio Art
Foundation. The institution opened in 2012 and won the International
THEA award in 2014 for its thematic thread, design and execution.