ArtworksFLORA & FAUNA III (2008)The Giant

Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - The Giant
THE GIANT
2008
Oil on Seashells
17cm x 23cm x 7cm

Chang Yoong Chia
Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - The Giant

The Giant Clam (Tridacna gigas)

The giant clam is the largest living bivalve mollusc. They are native to the shallow coral reefs of the South Pacific and Indian oceans, they can weigh more than 200 kilograms, measure as much as 1.2 metres across, and have an average lifespan in the wild of 100 years or more.



Chang Yoong Chia - FLORA & FAUNA III - The Giant

The Giant

A giant clam shell, now lost, was the most mysterious thing in my aquarium. Not just because of it?s size in comparison with the other thing around it, but also because sometimes fish would hide under it. What do aquarium fish do when hidden from human eyes? Probably the same as when they are in full view. But to my childhood mind, that presented an opportunity to imagine all sorts of things happening under it.