A Table From The Sea's Edge is an art project, devised by Silas Birtwistle to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote conservation of the world's coastal and marine biodiversity as a contribution to the UN International Year of Biological Diversity, 2010.
The project aims to embody the rich biodiversity of nature by crafting a large conference table surrounded by twelve chairs, made entirely from beautiful examples of driftwood - collected from four key hotspots around the world. It is a dramatic statement on the environment, uniting different cultures and coastal communities, connecting land with sea, and symbolizing the boundary between marine and terrestrial ecosystems, making connections between man's land-based activities and the marine and coastal environment.
Photograph by Colin Mills
The sculpture was unveiled during the International Year of Biodiversity at the tenth meeting of at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-10) which took place in Nagoya, Japan on October, 2010. It provided a platform for a multitude of high-level UN debates on environmental issues, and ceremonial signings of agreements.
Since Nagoya, it has been exhibited and used at a number of venues, including The Annual Meeting of The World Economic Forum,The World Museum, Liverpool, More London office of Price Waterhouse Coopers, The SouthBank Centre, Save The Children International, Canary Wharf, and is now currently on exhibition at Google HQ, London.