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A welded steel matrix, like DNA, will be electrified to build an ongoing calciferous collaboration with marine organisms in Cancun.
A welded steel matrix, like DNA, will be electrified to build an ongoing calciferous collaboration with marine organisms in Cancun.
A welded steel matrix, like DNA, will be electrified to build an ongoing calciferous collaboration with marine organisms in Cancun.
257 backers pledged $16,331 to help bring this project to life.

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Cancun + Open Studio this Thursday

Punta Nizuc
Punta Nizuc

I opened my window just as flying over Punta Nizuc, where we intend to install ZOE.  Close to the shore by the bit of land jutting towards you in this photo, that's where we're planning. My trip was very productive and the relationships needed to complete this work are growing.  

Since I returned, I have worked with coral scientist, Serguei Rico, of Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Puerto Morelos (UNAM) to craft a draft proposing how the university, MUSA, me, the government, and the resort will officially collaborate. I love how it so clearly defines all of our desires and intentions, illuminating how much this project has evolved over the 3 years on land.

Just now I was introduced to Louis Villanueva of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) by Heather Paffe, Associate Vice President of their Oceans department here in New York.

Louis works with shark conservation and Public Policy for EDF. He's based in Mexico City, visits Cancun frequently, and is good friends with the Marine Park and others in the area/government. That's what we need! He offered to help facilitate.

On another related global note, we had the People's Climate March here yesterday with about 400,000 people. I was with my good friend, Alyssum Pohl, who also works with the ocean. We marched with Oceana. People took so many pictures and we were interviewed by Positive Change for Marine Life and Melting THE FUTURE.  

SO, here's envisioning that the Climate Summit is productive at the big power level, and that at the Living Sea Sculpture level, we install Oct/Nov.

Back to work preparing for the Open Studio coming up this Thursday...we're on the 6th floor.

COME BY!
COME BY!

Siempre Gracias, Colleen

We have moved next door!

Heading to Cancun Thursday. Time to mark the spot for ZOE's ocean home at Nizuc Resort and Spa. Here's one visitor's view.

From DNA-Dividing at Club Med to ZOE at Nizuc Resort and Spa, transformation is on.

Roberto Diaz of both MUSA and Aquaworld (he's a major doer) has been making things happen, and the government is being towed along with approving grace.  Cheers to Roberto!

And big thanks to María Antonia Gonzáles Valeria who I met here in NY at a Genspace event. She went back to Mexico City to see how she could help through her university, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  She introduced me to a recent marine biology graduate focusing on corals in Pueto Morelos, Serguei Rico, who is ready to meet and see how we can work to appropriately appropriate enough coral transplants for installation with his department.  This is a big deal in Mexico - making sure we have the approvals since it is in a National Park protected area; corals are only available for projects after hurricanes, damage by boats, and through lab propagation.  I look forward to working with Serguei and Jaime, Director of the Marine Park, to ensure ZOE becomes a Living Sea Sculpture with endangered corals colonizing.

Steps!!  More soon!

love, Colleen

Movie link for 1 week!

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O Magazine (plus movie coming to you!)

Hi all!

Here's a piece hot off the Oprah magazine printing presses. 

Ruth Ann Harnisch, one of the lead project donors.. tweet!
Ruth Ann Harnisch, one of the lead project donors.. tweet!

You know, I know, this project needs to be in the ocean! Please keep the positive thoughts and I look forward to sharing a great film with you in the next few days.  Watch your inboxes! I'll send links for a private online screening of a movie about MUSA.

Last week marked the 3rd year anniversary of waiting for permits. I woke up feeling a bit anxious. I went to yoga to, well, do yoga, and see if I could figure what was the way to celebrate needing to get something done for 3 years.  Honestly, I shed a few tears on the yoga matte to be real about the moments of grasping and letting go.  But it passed quickly,  so I called the Mexican Consulate here in NYC again determined to speak with the head of the cultural department. We set up a meeting for this week.  There are some great new relationships building around this project and I feel so happy about that for when we do install.   

I admit, I stay calm most the time about it as I reach out to people and places daily.  I visualize installation every day for about 20 minutes, and things are happening.  Lots of good things.

As I said, I have a movie to give to you all in the next few days, so please keep your eyes open for info about how to watch Angel Azul.  It's a beautiful film about MUSA and Jason's artwork, and the piece you all so generously kickstarted 3 years ago makes a few cameos at Puerto Cancun.  Watching it at the premier in DC back in March, I felt great to be a part of something that is so important and always unfolding - environmental health and inter-species relationships with the arts and sciences collaborating for the ocean.

Thomas Goreau and Paul Sanchez-Navarro are both in the movie making a strong case for sewage water treatment (yes!!)  And seeing all those people and places from when I was there in 2011, it was a personal internal reunion. 

Paul is a serious ecological leader in Mexico. Director of the Centro Ecologico Akumal for 10 years, he's now moving onto new environmental roles.  He will talk with Jaime, National Marine Park Director, this week.  I hope to have some news.  The new executive director of MUSA, Gena Bezanilla, is adding some efforts as well...and more, there are more connections and actions going on to complete what we started. 

So, back to writing a budget for a Creative Capital Grant for a multimedia exhibit correlating coral health and human heath: Respire -The Coral Corollary. 

Stay tuned for Angel Azul! Colleen

Watch it Grow - Happy Chinese New Year

Welcome the Year of the Horse! 

A big year for travel, and all you oxes working so hard in 2014, it will pay off.  Watch out, Rats, not to get under any hooves.   And as a Pig myself, I'm glad I didn't know 2013 was supposed to be horrible for me because it was great in so many ways.

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Here's the final little animation.  If you want to share it directly, here's the link.

Tuesday, January 28th, was TEDxSpence, a youth event in Manhattan.  An inspiring day of talks and workshops with super girls at the school.  Below is the 3rd version of Reef re-FORMed in New York.  I wanted to capture the improvisational sculptural installation, so tried low-tech time-lapse for the first time with iStopMotion on an iPad.  The 7-9th graders opted for 6 second intervals.  Here's what happened in a couple hours~

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Can also be watched here with music on YouTube; a little rhythm goes a long way.

News about Mexico is getting exciting. Logistics are landing. Stay tuned!

Gracias, Colleen and the Living Sea Sculpture team

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