01. Giant Manta
The stainless steel fishhooks used in the ‘Hooked on Life’ series serve as a symbol of human endeavor and our relationship with nature. These shining barbs have allowed us to fish the oceans and provided us with a steady source of food for millennia.
In East Timor, fishhooks have been unearthed dating as far back as 42,000 years. These ancient tools, handcrafted from seashells, symbolize a time when we were in harmony with our natural environment. Today, however, these same tools serve as a symbol for humankind’s destruction of our marine environment. For the first time in history, we as a species will have to rise to the challenge to collectively protect the vastest wilderness we know – the ocean depths, and beyond.
Vincent-Mock Giant Oceanic Manta
Pieter van den Boogert 1
2016 – Present