• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

Great Barrier Reef

In the GREAT BARRIER REEF 360° Panorama, visitors get to explore the unique underwater world of the coral reef along the northern coast of Australia. The project was driven by Asisi’s fascination with the diversity and fragile complexity that exists under the surface of the ocean, a habitat that can only be perceived on closer inspection. On location, people can only discover this unique variety by diving into the water, but at the Panorama, viewers stay dry while getting a glimpse into this submarine world as it appears from below sea level.

With flowing shades of blue, azure and green, the panorama highlights the strange world of coral and sealife, particularly near the surface of the water illuminated by the fractured light of the ocean. The space depicts an area representing half the size of France. Prototypical natural habitats weave together in a way that they could not in real life as a result of long distances or varying depths. Asisi has created a hyperrealistic space that gives visitors a comprehensive overview of the entire coral reef for the very first time.

Asisi captured this underwater world over the course of several trips with the help of marine documentary filmmaker Ben Crop. The resulting thousands of underwater photos and collection of artistic sketches all contributed to the creation of the Panorama.

ThemeThe Magical World of the Coral Reef
AddressGasometer Pforzheim
Hohwiesenweg 6
75175 Pforzheim
Date of creation2015
Artist(s)Yadegar Asisi
Type of art and media formpanorama
Presentation statuson display