The 2 million tires dumped into the ocean off the coast of South Florida were intended to create an artificial reef and a habitat for fish. Instead, they became an ecological disaster. Now 80 of them comprise an art exhibit with a message about the perils of trying to dominate nature.
“…the perils of trying to dominate nature.” That bugs me a little. The tires were a catastrophe, tearing up extant seabed as they got torn loose and tossed ashore. It was a huge failure of a project, but that doesn’t mean that trying to supplement habitat is an inherently bad idea. The true wild is gone; we’re in a world shaped by humans. We influence the chemistry of the water and air across the entire planet. We can use our powers to do some good, though. Just because this particular project failed, we shouldn’t fear all interference. Concrete structures and shipwrecks make pretty good marine habitat.