Scotoplanes globosa

Scotoplanes globosa

Ecological Education Centre - HYDROPOLIS

This peculiar looking animal is something called a “sea pig”. It lives on the ocean floor of deep waters, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of 1200–5000 metres. Some related species can be found in the Antarctic where it eats food sunken down through the water collumn, something called deposit eating. They obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud, and poop out clean sand. Hence they are important players in ecosystem clean-up. The mouth is surrounded by the ring of tubes with which it collects food, and then transport it to the mouth - not unlike elephants and do with their trunks. It lives in colonies, sometimes in the hundreds of animals, often spotted facing in the direction of the deep-sea current, making them able to catch new detritus sunken down.

It is related to sea stars and sea urchins, and their genus is known as ‘’sea cucumbers’’, hence some of the species are somewhat cucumber-shaped.

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.