The Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in the form of an underwater art installation
Located in the largest resort lagoon of the Maldives, the Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is amongst an important marine ecosystem, one that is home to manta rays, turtles, bottlenose dolphins and some 200 species of tropic fish. One of the major reasons guests choose the Fairmont Maldives is the access to pristine aquatic nature and the chance to experience it up close with the hotel’s resident marine biologists. As the Fairmont capitalises on the tourism of its prime real estate, however, environmental preservation is a clause unforgotten in the hotel’s blueprint since the very beginning.
Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?
The Coralarium is the Fairmont Maldives’ coral regeneration project and the island-nation’s first which has been developed concurrently as an art installation. The creative mind between the design is Jason deCaires Taylor, a celebrated British environmentalist and eco-artist. Inspired by the natural beauty of the coral reef, the Coralarium essentially creates a synthetic reef as housing for local marine life. Sculptures made of hundreds of non-toxic ceramic starfish are supported by the frame of the five-metre high, semi-submerged rectangular structure. These sculptures attract attachment by certain kinds of fish and crustaceans for the species’ livelihood, turning an inanimate and artificial structure into one of life.
Installed just last year with the Fairmont Maldives’ opening, the Coralarium has since acquired hard corals, sponges and thousands of schooling fish. The hotel also practices water distillery and its next project is to install solar panels in early 2020, working up to the goal of being a fully green resort.
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