On this project, Coral Sea Calling, we worked with historian, fisherman, skipper, divemaster and educator Steven Campbell Brown, to create an interactive educational museum on a pontoon and old ferry at the Port Douglas Marina. The display comprised a fish nursery of unusual species with daily fish feeding demos, a walk through a re-creation of the Daintree rainforest and a fascinating display of large canvas panels recounting the indigenous history of the Coral Sea along with rollicking tales of the early days of white settlement and the hardy pioneers who braved the headhunters of the Torres Straits to look for beche de mer and to find pearls.
We edited together some rare archival footage of these early days and juxtaposed this with an expose on the current state of the Great Barrier Reef.
Artefacts were collected, stories were curated and condensed, images sourced and artfully combined with the text (graphic designer Ian Harrison created the stunning maps). The display was bathed in the sounds of the sea as visitors immersed themselves in these true life ‘boy’s own’ adventures.