As I was walking along Tralong Beach on the rugged shores of West Cork, the sands were dotted with countless ethereal beings, their vibrant blue and pink hues contrasting against the serene backdrop. These were the Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfishes, classified in latin as Physalia physalis.
Drifting effortlessly on ocean currents, these ‘floating terror’ beings are actually colonies of specialized organisms, working together to survive. While their beauty is undeniable, their presence raises alarms. The tentacles of these captivating creatures bear a potent sting, their nematocysts delivering a painful reminder of nature’s unpredictability. Along the Irish coastline, their appearance sparks both fascination and caution, reminding us of the delicate balance between humanity and the ocean’s inhabitants. As they wash ashore, questions about their ecological impact emerge, as their foreign presence can disrupt local ecosystems.
This artwork is signed by artist Ana Maria Surdu and is part of ‘The Unnatural History Museum’ exhibition addressing environmental concerns which has won several exhibition awards such as: EMERGE Cork Craft and Design Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, James Barry Gallery and Cork County Council Library and Arts Service Award.
• Ayous wood .75″ (1.9 cm) thick frame from renewable forests
• Paper thickness: 10.3 mil (0.26 mm)
• Paper weight: 189 g/m²
• Acrylite front protector
• Hanging hardware included
• Blank product components in the US sourced from Japan and the US
• Blank product components in the EU sourced from Japan and Latvia
This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!