W. Benjamin Bray

W. Benjamin Bray

Meridional Overturning Circulation


Fighting Fires

The Arresting Gaze of My Disappearance


The Gaze at the Atlantic from
Cape Ann

I've Been There


Frontal Zone / Watercolors

Glass Irrigation - Cape Ann

Arctic Sea Ice in Glass

Barrow, AK

Pacific NW

Shunyatan Flow

Arctic Water Column

Arctic Circle Residency

Expanding Tahiti

Rendition Engine

Lens Effects

Modes of Departure

Walden Pond

Glass Sculpture








The DEEP OCEAN is a critical factor in global climate change. But like the Arctic, it is difficult and expensive to explore. It remains unclear - a dark, vast unknown - hundreds of meters below the depth to which sunlight can penetrate.

GLASS has the singular ability to flow, reveal and clarify, in the context of heat diffusion in the Atlantic Ocean.

"AMOC - Profound Heat" illuminates the deep ocean - the profound space - through the medium of ocean temperature. Longitudinally-averaged temperatures at two depths in the Atlantic Ocean during global warming "hiatus" periods are projected through glass sculpture describing the path of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.


Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) is a multimedia art project inspired by the Earth's global ocean circulation.

Conceived in March 2014 at the Vermont Studio Center, the idea is to express the scale, time, balance, and organic flow of a climatic process - a translation of circuits into an emotive abstraction, establishing the viewer's gaze. This global diffusion of heat connects disparate geographical locations in space and time.

This page presents visuals and text generated throughout its development, through the course of study, experimentation, and formal artwork.

Additional information on the project, oceanography and global climate change can also be found on my BLOG.

Meridional Overturning Circulation is partially funded by the Council for the Arts at MIT, and by a community of backers via Kickstarter. I sincerely thank these organizations and individuals for their generous support of art, science, and global climate awareness.