Coral: Rekindling Venus

The Australian artist Lynette Wallworth reflects on her underwater film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, which premieres to coincide with a rare astronomical event, and she has spent five years making this film, containing remarkable footage of the alien world of coral reefs. The film is a timely reminder of the amazing biodiversity we would lose with even a tiny change in sea temperatures.

Timing is always important in art but it is nothing less than crucial when your project is tied to an event so rare that it will happen next month – and then not again for 105 years. It is inspired by a rare astronomical event, Venus’s transit of the sun, when that planet passes directly between the sun and Earth. The transits come in pairs, few and far between – 2004, 5-6 June this year and then not again until 2117 and 2125. The previous pair was in 1874 and 1882 and before that 1761 and 1769.

Enjoy!