Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans although some people with very sensitive skin may get a minor sting from them. If you are allergic to jellyfish you should wear a wetsuit or protective clothing.
These fascinating creatures survive by sharing a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside of them. At night, the jellyfish go down to the depths of the lake where the algae feed on nutrients. During the day, the jellyfish come back to the surface and follow the sun across the lake in a massive migration. The algae convert the energy of the sun via photosynthesis into a sugar that feeds the jellyfish.
It is not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide which is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. Snorkeling however, is perfectly safe and if you ever find yourself in Palau one day, you should make your way to this special place.
The experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish is quite surreal and Palau is the only place in the world where you can do just that!”
If you are a Canadian artist, a youth/community-leader or if you are passionate about the arts and would like to volunteer, feel free to submit an application to participate in the Manifesto Festival 2011 by following this link: themanifesto.ca/submissions.
Basically, he e-mailed me in regards to his new piece, entitled “Che Guevara’s Watch” — a complex piece that took about a year and a half to complete.
The Miami, Florida-based artist described his profound three-dimensional illustration (which can also be thought of as a sculpture) to me in the following way:
“The box is an exact replica of the box Che’s bones are in. The original box is in Havana, Cuba.
A CIA agent was sent to kill Che in Bolivia. He ended up giving the order to do it and took Che’s Rolex watch off his wrist.
My version of the coffin has a fully functioning clock with a brass replica of that watch as the face. The watch has no hands because when Che was killed, they cut off his hands for fingerprints. After they killed him they threw him in a mass grave and he was dug up decades later. That’s why the box is so small. There are only bones in it.
The glass coming out of the top has an abstracted rib cage representing his torso. It’s his torso for two reasons: 1. That’s where he was shot and the exact spots he was shot are diagrammed on the first piece of glass. 2. He was a horrible asthmatic and it was because of his asthma that he was caught in the jungle.
The backbone of the ribcage is made up of the names of people he killed in his lifetime.
In the arch of the ribcage, there is a version of Da Vinci’s“Vitruvian Man”. I used that because Che is often cited as the ultimate hero. My version has lungs drawn on the chest and is missing his hands.”
You can view the mind-blowing piece below and more on NFN Kalyan can be found here:
Gavin Sheppard is an accomplished youth arts leader who is one of the founders of The Remix Project — a Toronto-based organization that was created to “level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities.”
Recently, Sheppard was featured on TVO Parents wherein he spoke about his recent Yalefellowship, but more importantly about the lack of school systems that spark the interest of and consequently challenge and engage a number of youth in North America, Europe and elsewhere.
What I found most interesting about his words were the fact that many youth who are simply unstimulated by conventional education systems are labeled as being “apathetic” or diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (in addition to a a number of other disorders).