Who would team mustard yellow with turquoise and purple? Or magenta and acid yellow? If you think psychedelia was invented by 60s heads and LSD then we’ve got a short film to change your mind, proving that Mother Nature is the most daring decorator going. This captivating time-lapse video of coral was filmed to highlight the plight of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However it also demonstrates that whatever inventive colour combinations and clashes we humans can come up, nature can always better us. The hypnotic footage, created by Barcelona-based myLapse, shows the microscopic movements of coral that would be invisible to the human eye. Created from around 25,000 images it shows us what we stand to lose as climate change bleaches and threatens the very existence of the coral and the delicate eco-system it creates.
The reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, covering approximately 344,400 square kilometres. It is the biggest single structure made from living organisms and incredibly it can be seen from space. 2016 is a key year for the reef, with reports that it is close to reaching ‘tipping point’ in terms of it surviving climate change. The video proves not only that reports of its death are somewhat premature, but also surely highlights the importance of preserving this unique underwater world.