The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) recently held its third annual Art for Oceans fundraiser. Over 40 pieces of artwork were donated by artists who are passionate about protecting Australia's precious ocean wildlife. This year's proceeds have gone specifically towards protecting the Coral Sea, a tropical jewel to Australia's north-east.
Most of the art was sold at auction but a few pieces still remain. This etched SCUBA cylinder entitled would be a perfect piece of artwork for any diver, dive shop or centre.
says, "As a diver, it has been my privilege to spend many hours with these magnificent animals, and so for me, I know they are indeed 'nothing to fear'. Hammerheads probably embody the 'alien, scary' shark for a lot of people, despite the fact there are no reported attacks by this species.
The ghostly images of the schooling sharks represent the fact that unless we take action against the practice of finning, there will indeed be nothing to fear, as shark populations have declined by 90% over the past 50 years.
The condemned cylinder represents our failure to act, and stands as a monument to a vanishing species."
"670mm x 175mm x 175mm,
Etched Aluminium SCUBA cylinder
(Both sides shown above).
Market value: $2600
If you are interested in puchasing any of the pieces please contact the AMCS National Office on 1800 066 299.
Note: The Australian Tax Office has a relevant tax break for small businesses who wish to purchase art works. Small businesses who purchase art works can claim a 50% deduction on their purchase, which is considered a depreciating asset. In order to be classified as a depreciating asset, the art work must be new, cost a minimum of $1000 and be displayed at the place of business. For more information visit the ATO website