For all their fragility,
Coral reefs are powerful too

Invincible Corals is an immersive experience commissioned by Vivid Sydney 2023.

Inspired by a dive through the USAT Liberty shipwreck off the coast of Bali — where corals have grown all over the structure and making it their home over the years — I created generative 3D corals that can grow upon any surface they’re projected onto, adapting to their new home — in this case, Vivid House: an immersive 360° experience that can hold 400 people at peak hours, featured in Vivid Sydney 2023.

months of production
square meters
May 2023
premiered at Vivid Sydney

An Underwater Journey

Engulfing the four walls, these strange, beautiful structures loom large, a testament to their secret might and tenacity even amid warming waters. The experience takes audience through an underwater journey witnessing corals growing, bleaching, and eventually bouncing back in their psychedelic glory. Invincible Corals hopes to bring the audience a sense of wonder — for all their fragility, coral reefs are powerful too.

Generative corals growing
Generative corals
Generative corals growing
The bleaching scene
Generative corals growing
The bioluminescent scene
Generative corals growing
The bioluminescent scene

Parameterized Coral Design

By utilizing geometry nodes in Blender, I crafted detailed 3D models of corals, integrating a diverse range of data parameters. Through strategic data manipulation and combination, I successfully generated a myriad of coral variations, culminating in the vibrant and diverse formation of a coral reef.

Watch the Premiere

Invincble Corals was on display During Vivid Sydney 2023 for 3 weeks from 26 May to 17 Jun in Vivid House, having attracted 250,000 visits throughout the festival.


Australian Traveller

2nd most unmissable highlights of Vivid Sydney 2023

AEAF Awards

Finalist in the Live Event Installations & Projections category

Early Exploration
Early exploration of Invincible Corals

Collaborators: Albin Merle / Digital Life / Mikael Nesterov