GREAT BARRIER REEF
The Magical World of the Coral Reef
Tickets EUR 4 – 11
Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm
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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.
The richly illustrated accompanying book for the GREAT BARRIER REEF panorama follows Yadegar Asisi on his diving trips in the Australian coral reef and discusses both his concept and the complex, endangered ecosystem.
Since the pilot project, the panorama EVEREST, Yadegar Asisi has been working with the composer Eric Babak. The pianist and composer, born in Brussels and now living in London, started playing piano at the tender age of five years. Today, he is one of the most played composers in Europe. He has composed the music especially and exclusively for all the previous Asisi panoramas.
A major integral part of Eric Babak's work consists of harmonising the music in situ in the large Panorama room with the 360° image and the lighting in its day/night rhythm. For the general musical theme Babak develops for the panorama, individual scenes from the image are musically highlighted and acoustically assigned to the corresponding positions in the image. The productions with big orchestras and choirs in combination with everyday noises all enable the special atmosphere of the individual topic with its constant changes to be heard and experienced.