Happy New Year, dear Kickstarter backers!! We are now 14. That odd pubescent year of the sophomore.
News- We received sponsorship to add webcams to the sculpture in Cancun. Thrilling!!
We plan to install a tilt/pan/zoom camera and a static, wide angle camera so that people can watch the coral refuge evolve from anywhere in the world. Are you wondering: "Is a coralcam more interesting than a surveillance camera at the mini mart?" Hell Yes!
We love that we'll being able to bring livestreaming video and still photos of the Living Sea Sculpture to those of you who will never snorkel in Punta Nizuc. We're dreaming of how to add interactive online aspects, and how to incorporate footage and feeds into a multimedia installation… but first, our team is developing how to provide a crisp, beautiful image streaming globally.
This is the beginning of an exciting partnership with Jennifer Indovina and her company, Tenrehte.
What about the permit?! Do I have an overabundance of patience? (I'm going to keep calling it persistence.) It has been revised by both the government and Club Med since I visited Cancun in October. That's good news. It's a holiday there now, so I will be calling the government (CONANP) lawyer on January 7th to welcome him back to his office, aka "inquire about the permit."
Some of you know I have worked as a freelance armaturist, maker of posable puppet skeletons, for stop-motion animation. Well, since we are ALL ready to see corals colonizing on this DNA sculpture, I made a short stop-motion on Christmas to wish you health, happiness, and coral cultivation in 2014. Just as I was about to share it now, a super friend and musician, Usman Riaz, offered to create sound or music for it…Stay-tuned for it later this month!
Again and always, thank you for your continuing support and good wishes to see this coral refuge come to life. The delay has allowed for some new partnerships to emerge, and every day I consider what is in my control, what actions can I take to get this steel in seawater. Strong partnerships and an incredible team is what this project takes, so that is my focus in 2014.
Cheers to you, dreams coming true, and vitality! Colleen