Bioluminescence lights up Tathra Wharf

Young people from the Sapphire Coast region of NSW recently had an opportunity to participate in unique night time event at Tathra Wharf. Bioluminescence is a sound and light experience that has been inspired by wonderful images and videos that local citizen science enthusiasts have gathered showing the amazing sea life currently thriving under Tathra Wharf.

Before restoration of the Wharf structure begins, they want to capture this unique environment and share the rich and special habitat in which dozens of marine species thrive.

Created by local artists Scott Baker and Chris Korvin, with input from young people who joined them to learn the basics of video projection mapping, Bioluminescence tells the story of what’s under The Wharf.

Inspired by Sydney’s spectacular Vivid Festival, Bioluminescence uses projections to create a stunning visual display of what’s been found and what is being done to protect this precious ecological community.

Participants joined Scott to learn about projector technology and terminology such as lumens and throw distance. They were also introduced to software used to map or define different areas of a projection on the wharf building, and had an opportunity to play with the amazing photos and videos shot underneath the wharf. Musician Corinne Gibbons added live music and voice to the audio-visuals, creating a fully immersive artistic experience.

The team involved in this exciting creative development project are now working towards creating a suite of larger, multi-media events at The Wharf and across the shire later in the year as part of the Our Place Our Species pilot project supported by Inspiring Australia NSW.

Also on the program later in the year will be a community bioblitz event led by the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness and members of the Sapphire Coast Science Hub and Environmental Educators Network.

Images and guest post by Lisa Herbert. The Sapphire Coast Science Hub and Environmental Educators Network is supported by Inspiring Australia NSW. If you would like to learn more or get involved, please contact Libby Hepburn at