Dive into a deep sea discovery on the RV Investigator

Underwater creatures come alive at Melbourne Museum for summer school holidays.

Dive into a deep sea discovery on the RV Investigator.

Earlier this year, Melbourne Museum scientists were onboard the RV Investigator as it embarked on a world-first research voyage to uncover the mysterious life that inhabits the abyss off eastern Australia – an almost unexplored habitat 4,000 metres below the surface.

Inspired by this successful journey, Patrol the Abyss - On the RV Investigator has been launched, a pop-up art-meets-science workshop happening at the Melbourne Museum these summer school holidays.

Museums Victoria and local Melbourne street artist Ghostpatrol have created the drop-in school holiday program where kids can explore a model of the RV Investigator vessel which has been designed by Ghostpatrol.

Kids will colour-in deep-sea creatures illustrated in Ghostpatrol's signature style while learning about their features and characteristics. The finished artworks will be displayed on a giant net suspended from the Museum roof. It will grow and grow over the school holidays. Imagine fluorescent sea creatures in their hundreds and thousands swimming in front of Melbourne Museum's iconic Pygmy Blue Whale Skeleton.

David Booth, the internationally acclaimed artist behind Ghostpatrol said "I’m super excited to be given access to all this great research from the Investigator mission. It feels really special to work with the Museum to invite people to share, learn and create something that is directly related to new Australian discoveries in the deep ocean."

Dr. Tim O'Hara, Museums Victoria's Senior Curator, Marine Invertebrates and Chief Scientist said, "The abyss is the largest and deepest habitat on the planet, covering half the world's oceans and one-third of Australia’s territory, but it remains the most unexplored environment on Earth."

Patrol the Abyss is on at Melbourne Museum from 15-29 January 2018. Free with museum entry.

For information, interviews and photo opportunities contact Liberty Scott, Brand Support Officer, Museums Victoria on 03 8341 7697, 0402 970 591 or email [email protected].

About Sampling the Abyss

Initiated by Museums Victoria, Sampling the Abyss was a month-long voyage on the Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator bringing together scientists from Museums Victoria, CSIRO and other Australian and international museums and research agencies. Funding for this voyage was provided by the CSIRO Marine National Facility and National Environmental Science Program, Marine Biodiversity Hub. The voyage departed Bell Bay (Launceston, Tasmania) on 15 May 2017 and visited seven Commonwealth marine reserves (CMRs) – from the Freycinet CMR off eastern Tasmania to the Coral Sea CMR off central Queensland – before finishing in Brisbane on 16 June. Read more.

About Ghostpatrol

Working under the pseudonym Ghostpatrol, David Booth first made a name for himself on the walls of Melbourne’s laneways. Working with ephemeral techniques, by 2007 Booth had built an international reputation and fanbase as a street artist. His imaginary realms feel unearthly, meditative and ethereal; Booth is a creator not of simply works, but entire worlds. His works themselves feel like falling into a daydream; at once intensely familiar and welcoming, and entirely otherworldly. Read more.

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