An exhibition that includes an artwork bringing together water from all the world’s seas, collected by a global network of people.



Tania Kovats: Oceans
Oceans is an exhibition that includes an artwork that brings together water from all the world’s  seas and oceans, collected with the help of a global network of people.
Tania Kovats has now created her new work, All The Sea, seawater has been sent in from across the world and has been logged, labelled and measured, and decanted by Tania into the library of glass vessels. Tania Kovats exhibition Oceans is now on at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh until 25 May 2013.


The exhibition begins with All the Sea (2012–14), a work made from the sea water collected from around the world by individuals who responded to a public invitation to help assemble the world’s sea water in one place. Decanted into 365 glass bottles, All the Sea takes the form of a library of bodies of water, from the Adriatic to the Yellow Sea. It also represents an archive of moments in time, recordings of 250 human experiences with – and most probably in – the sea, capturing in bottles a substance that otherwise slips through our fingers.


365 bottles in the work

250 donations

97 seas in the work

37 seas that we didn’t get, which appear as empty bottles in the work


We are no longer looking for seas unless you can help Tania Kovats to complete the collection. Below is a list of the 37 seas we did not receive.

Amundsen, Arafura, Aral, Banda, Beaufort, Bellingshausen, Bering, Bismarck, Bohol, Bothnian, Camotes, Celebes, Ceram, Chukchi, Davis, Dumont d’Urville, East Siberian, Flores, Halmahera, Kara, King Haakon VII, Labrador, Laptev, Lincoln, Mirtoan, Molucca, Okhotsk, Pechora, Philippine, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Samar, Sargasso, Savu, Sibuyan, Solomon, Visayan, White.


If you are able to collect any of these missing seas please the collect seawater in a bottle, label it with the name of the sea, package it up and send it to The Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF.

You can find the list and map of the seas here.