Multiscalar Post-natural Marine Landscapes
The project challenges and pushes back on the oceanic ecological injustices of renewable offshore wind energy. The intervention focuses primarily on Morro Bay in the North Pacific Ocean, where 240,000 acres of planned offshore wind farms would endanger migrating blue whales, which are critical to the ocean’s natural carbon capture capacity. A proposed post-natural marine landscape of seamounts stacked over time with compressed sargassum protects endangered whales, gently altering whale migratory routes over time, while promoting oceanic biodiversity and enhancing the ocean’s natural carbon capture capacity. The spectacle of the (infinitely) scalable, continuous marine landscape juxtaposes the immense scale of the wind farm; reclaiming agency of the ocean’s natural environment and its ecosystems.