Media: Shells, Cement, Glue/ Summary: While visiting the seaside I am constantly inspired by the rich, rough texture of the sand, the smooth silky blanket of the ocean, and the hundreds of patterns and shapes that can be found in one seashell. These vacant shells are a reminder of a complex ecosystem that needs protection. Mussels, clams, and oysters give life to the ocean as they improve water quality by filtering bacteria, algae, and other small particiles. Without them the balance of the ecosystem is thrown off. This piece is a reminder of the strength and fragility of nature.