The Baltimore Satellite Reef (BSR), a satellite of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project (HCCR), facilitated by artist Karida Collins is coming to Gallery CA. Community members young and old from all around Baltimore City have crocheted this enormous coral reef replica. The larger HCCR project began in 2005 with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, of the Institute for Figuring, in response to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. The HCCR is a community arts project that creates new methods to engage the public about scientific and environmental issues. With an unusual fusion of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, collective art practice and environmental consciousness, the BSR will be a unique and distinct part of what may be the largest community arts and science project in the world. Because of the flexibility of the formula and creativity of each community, it will be totally unique from the others, much like the ocean’s living coral reefs.
We have been and will be holding crochet workships till late April and need some extra funding support! These workshops are fun, informative and a real drill in true community art making! SO THROW US A DIME OR FIVE THOUSAND! We want everyone in all of Baltimore City to help us and get in on this project! Also, if you are interested in participating in the crochet workshops please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with the project organizers.
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Risks and challenges
We have partnered with the Institute for Figuring (IFF) to get this project off the ground and with that comes a great deal of ownership issues. We want our audience and community members to understand how a partnership like this works to promote future collaborations and we don't want anything lost in translation.
We're also very nervous about the installation of the finished reef. Or gallery isn't tremendously large and has only two functional walls- so, we have to get pretty creative about the display.
Our last concern is storage. This thing is shaping up to be pretty massive and we're hoping it can travel so we don't have to constantly find places to store it! Hopefully community members and donors will want to keep parts!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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