Coral Rekindling Venus

Melbourne Festival 2012

orange and green organic shapes
Coral Rekindling Venus
Source: Lynette Wallworth

We look to the night sky for ineffable wonder – but the oceans contain a magic just as deep.

In November each year, on the night of the full moon, the hundreds of millions of coral beings that make up the Great Barrier Reef spawn in unison – a blinding, awe-inspiring whorl of colour and light. It is here that our greatest natural wonder stands in harmony with the Solar System, here that it stakes a claim to its continued existence.

Australian installation artist Lynette Wallworth has spent the last five years surveying the majesty of our coral reefs for Coral Rekindling Venus, an immersive, kaleidoscopic journey through the glowing underwater forests of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Presented in the enveloping full dome of Melbourne’s Planetarium, Coral Rekindling Venus takes us deep into a world that only a handful of humans have ever seen before – the infinitely complex, vibrant aquatic kingdoms of this planet’s coral reefs.

Featuring jaw-dropping cinematography from Emmy Award-winner David Hannan and a hypnotic, ethereal soundtrack featuring specially recorded songs from Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons), legendary film composer Max Richter and our very own Gurrumul, Coral Rekindling Venus is a staggering cinematic experience and an ecological call-to-arms.