projects

portrait of a coral reef

National Geographic Magazine
Highest Resolution Image of a coral reef.

"Great Wall West", a life-size image of a vertical coral reef in the British West Indies. This image was the first "gigapixel" image ever produced, and in 2000, was the largest digital image ever produced and the first "stitched" image. The seamless mosaic image was stitched together from high resolution drum scans of over 300 images photographed on professional transparency film.
Lifesize Display
Life-size Display.

The life-size display is still waiting to be built and exhibited, however, it can be seen lifesize on the "HiPerSpace" tiled monitor wall at Uninversity of California San Diego Calit2 visualization laboratory, and you can explore the image at high resolution online at the link below. The 1.7 gigapixel images produced for these projects are available for licensing for use in architectural or custom art projects.

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Imaging the hotspots of Biodiversity

Extreme resolution images of coral reefs in the hotspots of marine biodiversity.

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Aquarium of the pacific

California Kelf Forest in Glass
CALIFORNIA KELF FOREST IN GLASS

Spectacular 12 ft high X 125 ft wide Kelp Forest image reproduced in glass windows at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.

Produced specifically for this award-winning life-size installation, this image is truly a one-of-a-kind seascape - a life-size underwater image of a California Giant Kelp Forest.
Lifesize 2.6 Gigapixel Image
LIFESIZE 2.6 GIGAPIXEL IMAGE

2.6 Gigapixel Image

The 2.6 gigapixel image produced for this project is available for licensing for use in other architectural or art projects. It can be used as high resolution wallpaper to decorate themed environments or reproduced as custom art in any cropping and size.
Fine Art Prints - Kelp Forest Series
FINE ART PRINTS - KELP FOREST SERIES

Elegant Archival Prints

Fifteen individual fine art prints are available from this project in sizes up to 120" Each print is UV protected and mounted to a thick aluminum composite that is both elegant and lightweight.

At Top: "San Clemente Morning", 40 X 110 fine art print on aluminum

CAMANA BAY

Camana Bay Obrservation Tower
CAMANA BAY OBSERVATION TOWER

Five Story high Cayman Coral Reef Wall reproduced in hand-cut Italian glass tiles

A public attraction in Grand Cayman where visitors can "walk" up a Cayman Coral Reef. A composite image of a Cayman coral reef wall was created from high resolution photographic images to match the architecture of the new construction.
Italian Glass Tile Mosaic
ITALIAN GLASS TILE MOSAIC

Over 3 Million Hand-cut Tiles

The image was rendered in over 3 million hand-cut Italian glass tiles installed on the inside wall of the 5 story tower. The high resolution image produced for this project is available for licensing for use in architectural or custom art projects. It can be used as high resolution imagery to decorate themed environments or reproduced as custom art in any cropping and size.
Fine Art Print - Camana Bay Reef
FINE ART PRINT - CAMANA BAY REEF

Elegant Archival Prints

A limited edition fine art print of Camana Bay reef is available in sizes up to 120" Each print is UV protected and mounted to a thick aluminum composite that is both elegant and lightweight. A recessed satin aluminum frame floats the the print one inch from the wall.

return to bloody bay

Return To Bloody Bay Wall
RETURN TO BLOODY BAY WALL

Great Wall West a Decade Later.

In 2010 Jim Hellemn's "Return to Bloody Bay" project documented the Great Wall West site on Little Cayman again a decade later – this time with a team of marine scientists who are studying the changes on this Little Cayman reef and a film crew to document the project.

Sponsors: Intel, Little Cayman Beach Resort, SeaBotix, Ocean Technology Systems, Ikelite, Marine Camera Systems, Underwater Kinetics, Compass Light Productions and World Ocean Observatory.
Portrait Of A Coral Reef
PORTRAIT OF A CORAL REEF

"Exploring Bloody Bay Wall" documentary.

In 2012 the documentary "Exploring Bloody Bay Wall" was released in 2012 and won the non-broadcast category at the 2012 Blue film festival in San Francisco. The film made it's debut in March 2012 at the Smithsonian and is currently traveling to theaters in museums and aquariums around the world in The World Ocean Observatory's biodiversity series.
EXPLORING BLOODY BAY WALL

2012 TRAILER
Non-Broadcast Winner at the2012 Blue Ocean Film Festival

CREATURES OF LIGHT

Creatures of Light Traveling Exhibit
CREATURES OF LIGHT TRAVELING EXHIBIT

Stunning 9 foot high X 16 ft wide lifesize coral reef image demonstrates bifluorescence at the American Museum of Natural History, NY.

Working with a group of scientists studying coral fluorescence, Jim produced a fluorescence version of the reef wall at Bloody Bay, leading to an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. "Creatures of Light" was one of the museums most successful exhibits. Most recently appearing at the Field museum in Chicago, Creatures of Light will travel to several more venues through 2022.
Lifesize 2.6 Gigapixel Image
LIFESIZE 2.6 GIGAPIXEL IMAGE

Interactive Edcucational Kiosk

Interactive kiosks allow visitors to explore biofluorescence in living corals and fish. An area of interest is defined and moved around the lifesize reef image allows the viewer to toggle between daylight and fluorescent lighting. Informational panels pop up with educational information.
Fine Art Prints - Biofluorescence Series
FINE ART PRINTS - BIOFLUORESCENCE SERIES

Elegant Archival Prints
Limited edition fine art prints are available from this project in sizes up to 120" Each print is UV protected and mounted to a thick aluminum composite that is both elegant and lightweight.

At Top: "Great Wall Fluorescence", 33 X 90 fine art print on aluminum

grouper moon project

Sponsors
(REEF, Cayman Islands Department of Environment, Little Cayman Beach Resort

hiperspace

"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #1" Little Cayman 2012
"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #3" Little Cayman 2012
"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #5" Little Cayman 2012
"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #6" Little Cayman 2012
"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #8" Little Cayman 2012
"High resolution tiled monitor display at UCSD #10" Little Cayman 2012

hotspots of biodiversity

Hotspots of Marine Biodiversity
HOTSPOTS OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY

Birthplace of the oceans

Long-term project to document coral reefs in the Hotspots of Marine Biodiversity – areas which have been identified by marine scientists as important for biodiversity, number of endemic species and endangerment. These areas are the birthplace of the oceans and perhaps of life on earth itself. Many of the sites are accessible as Unesco World Heritage sites and protected marine parks – many are not.
Unique Coral Reef Landscapes
UNIQUE CORAL REEF LANDSCAPES

Imaging the Hotspots

To date several sites in Malaysia, Philippines and the Caribbean have been documented and future destinations are planned. The high resolution images produced for this project are available for licensing for use in architectural or custom art projects. They can be used as high resolution imagery to decorate themed environments or reproduced as custom art in any cropping and size.
Fine Art Prints - Biodiversity Hotspots Series
FINE ART PRINTS - BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS SERIES

Elegant Archival Prints
Limited edition fine art prints available of over fifty project images. Each print is UV protected and mounted to a thick aluminum composite that is both elegant and lightweight. A recessed satin aluminum frame floats the the print one inch from the wall.