Clione limacina

Clione limacina

Clione limacina

Ecological Education Centre - HYDROPOLIS

With its sea-through appearence, and fins that looks like angel wings, this is an animal known as the naked sea butterfly, sea angel, and common clione. In reality this is a pelagic sea slug, meaning a snail without a house living in the open ocean. It is found from the surface to greater than 500 m depth, in the Arctic Ocean and cold regions of the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans.

Clione limacinal is somewhat cannibalistic, and feed exclusively on other species of sea angels. In Svalbard, the life cycle of Clione limacinal appears to be at least 2 years. It is a hermaphrodite, and breeds during the spring and summer. It is a prey of planktonic feeders, such as the baleen whales, which historically led to sailors naming it "whale-food".

Project by ART FM creative team

Exhibit designers:
Łukasz Markiewicz, Awiszaj Hadari (Avishay Ave Hadari)


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Location: Wrocław, Poland
Year: 2015
Size: 4000 m²

Investor: Municipal Waterworks and Drainage Company Ltd. in Wrocław
Scope: design for the exhibition arrangement, narrative script, interior designs, interactive installation prototype designs, multimedia designs and production

The HYDROPOLIS Environmental Education Center is a unique place, combining education with modern forms of exhibition. The main subject of the exhibition is water – a substance that is everywhere on our planet.

This is a narrative exhibition. Visitors actively take part in the story of the origins of water in the universe, encounter the incredible creatures from the depths of the ocean, and take to the surface to understand its imperative function in the environment and its role in human vital functions. They also learn the history of water engineering, from Antiquity to present-day methods of water management.

HYDROPOLIS is a place where diverse multimedia technologies, art installations, replicas and real-life models serve a common goal: to show water from varied and fascinating perspectives.

A historical 19th-century underground pure water reservoir has been adapted for the purposes of the exhibition.