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Massive Sea Urchin Sculpture Installed on Aquarium’s Front Plaza

The sea urchins spines light up with multicolored LED lights at night.

Urchin Sculpture

December 8, 2019

The Aquarium unveiled a new art installation on its front plaza on November 27. The massive sculpture of a sea urchin with spines that light up at night was created by a group of artists and engineers called Liquid PXL, led by lead artist and local resident Abram Santa Cruz. One of the members is a volunteer diver at the Aquarium and was inspired by the Aquarium’s animals to create the sculpture.

The sculpture is 18 feet tall and 36 feet wide. Its body is made of laser-cut wood, and the spines are made of aluminum and acrylic tubes with multicolored programmable LED lights running through them. The sculpture was originally displayed at Burning Man in 2015.

The Sea Urchin will be on view at the Aquarium until May 2020.