What lies at the bottom of the Mariana Trench is one of the great mysteries of the world. The Mariana Trench Photo Exhibit was our way of bringing that mystery to the surface.
(2018 – present)
In an effort to make the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument more tangible to the local community, FOMT facilitated the creation of a portable and roaming photo exhibit composed of stills taken from video footage captured by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Okeanos Explorer expedition research voyage in 2016; the 32 photos were chosen from a wide array of possibilities by followers of the FOMT Facebook page.
Once obtained, the photos were mounted on a twirling stem, allowing viewers to enjoy the images on one side and read descriptions of the images on the other. The descriptions are in four languages: English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Seafix Inc and Kautz Glass were instrumental in producing the exhibit’s portability and framing; the framing structure is unique in that it requires no tools to assemble and can be broken down into a highly portable form that fits in a standard SUV. These photos of the research trip findings in the Mariana Trench have been displayed in hotels across Saipan and at the Underwater World Guam.
Partners: MVA, HANMI, The Pew Charitable Trusts, NOAA, Underwater World Guam, Seafix Inc, and Kautz Glass