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German graffiti crew 1UP just made the world’s first-ever artwork using live coral. Located at the Nusa Penida Island off Bali, the piece consists of a 3d installation in the shape of the group’s signature tag which serves as an artificial coral reef and encourages coral growth.

The anonymous Berlin-based crew made the artwork after they were invited to the Seawalls festival for a separate exhibition. While there, they knew they wanted to do something to help protect the local environment, and thus the artwork was conceived.

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KEEP PUSHING THE LIMITS ! ONE UNITED POWER FOR OCEANS 💥 WORLD’S FIRST UNDERWATER 3D CORAL GRAFFITI PIECE 💥 . The world has lost roughly half of its coral reef in the last 30 years… Science estimate 90% of corals will die by 2050 due to human impact. Without bold action we risk losing them all in OUR lifetime. . The @pangeaseed Foundation’s @seawalls_ Bali team, @allcapsstore Family and @1up_crew_official collaborated with @coralguardian to create the world’s first underwater 3D graffiti tag that serves as an artificial coral reef to help regenerate corals and marine life in Nusa Penida. . This amazing piece of ARTivism can be found just in front of the Next Level Cafe along the JL Ped – Buyuk road in Nusa Penida. Go and check it for yourself. And help us to protect our beautiful marine environment by not using single use plastic. . Please also visit Coralguardian.org to see how you can help save corals and PangeaSeed.org to learn how you can support ARTivism for our oceans! 📸 by @martincolognoli & @trax51 FULL MOVIE COMING SOON – stay tuned . Thanks to our amazing partners : @pangeaseed @seawalls_ @tropicafestival @coralguardian @allcapsstore @volcomindonesia @nipponpaintindo @montanacans @paditv @traveloka @dolphin_project #artivism #seawalls #1up #oneunitedpower #1upcrew #oceans #coral #coralreef #bali #indonesia #nusapenida #diving #graffiti #streetart #art #tropicafestival #allcapsstore #nature #photography #pangeaseed #coralguardian #seawallsbali #paintforapurpose #protectwhatyoulove #protectyourisland #oceansmatter// #NusaPenida #Indonesia #Bali #Allcaps #OneUnitedPower #Oneup #1up #1upCrew #Coral #Coralguardian #Berlin #Kreuzberg #Graffiti

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In the last 30 years, the earth has lost roughly 50 percent of all coral reefs, which are essential to the sea’s ecosystem. Scientists estimate that by 2050, 90 percent of corals will have died due to human impact, meaning it’s likely that coral reefs will be wiped out in our lifetime, unless changes are made.

1UP hopes their work will draw attention to the fate of coral reefs, and encourage people to actively participate in protecting marine life. To find out more about coral reefs and get involved, head to Coral Guardian.

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