Our Shadow depicts, in Venetian tile mosaic, the Black Dragonfish, (idiacanthus fasciola), which lives a mile deep in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. A photograph of this fish, taken by a USF marine research team, served as a point of departure for this project. The Sea Bed, which functions as a bench in the lobby of the Research Center, along with the Sea Columns, are shaped from Florida Keystone, or coral, capturing a fossil record of marine life in its structure.
made possible by Florida's Art in State Buildings Program
Smyth's sculpture and mural immediately lets the visitor know that they have entered a marine science center.
Smyth's Sea Bed as he has named this seat adds a touch of humor to the more contemplative concept of the Our Shadow project.
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