Art & About - ‘Animalia II’

Award-winning Italian artist duo Carnovsky and Greenpeace present a floating art installation at Circular Quay to celebrate Australia’s natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef.


On the water between wharf 3 and 4, Circular Quay, Sydney


19 September – 12 October 2014


Award-winning Italian artist duo Carnovsky has created
 an underwater kingdom where red, green and blue lights reveal different creatures. In this unexpected world, colours combine and shapes and lines entwine. Shapes transform, species metamorphose and creatures disappear. Their future is on the brink.

The sea creatures will be strung up in their aquarium, defined by the pier, on a mesh canvas above the water for all to see. Water will splash up through the artwork, breathing life into the underwater world whilst interacting with the canvas.


It’s easy to forget about the crisis facing the Reef when these issues feel so far away. So we are bringing the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney – to its heart, at Circular Quay.

‘Animalia II’ celebrates Australia’s internationally renowned natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. Home to many different life forms, ranging from micro-organisms to some of the largest mammals on earth, it is one of the world’s most precious natural places. Sadly, the future of the unique species that call the Reef home hangs in the balance.

Coal port expansion projects are putting the future of the Reef at risk. This involves dredging and dumping three million cubic metres of seabed inside the World Heritage Area and thousands more coal ships passing through the Reef every year. Mining expansion will also mean more coal is burnt, driving climate change and ocean acidification.

About the Artist:

Carnovsky is a Milan based artist/designer duo comprised of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Their ongoing project entitled ‘RGB’ centers around designs in which the surface mutates by interacting with different chromatic stimulus, displaying different layers and scenes within the same artwork.

Since their debut in 2010, their work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and in 2012 they won the Wallpaper Design Award in the category of best wallpaper.

Their interest in protecting the future of the Great Barrier Reef, an international icon, has brought them together with Greenpeace.

Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviours to protect and conserve the environment. We investigate and expose environmental crimes and challenge governments and corporations when they fail to safeguard our planet and our future.