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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.
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Power to the New Year!

In the final days of December, I heard word that Club Med has approved our permits and contracts.  Egg Nog to that!  (I prefer Coconut Nog). The agreement is being drafted and that means we really are that much closer.  Are you getting me?  Optimism at every turn with a hint of "please send me the paper so we can officially plan our return and make celebratory Margarita toasts to Cancun coral colonies in waiting!"  The installation will go something like this: {Please go to the bottom of this page to see the happy animation (also on youtube)}

The Living Sea Sculpture blog is now up. A place to address a fuller range of science, art, philosophy, and actions.  To make it more diverse and interesting, I plan to interview people who are diverse and interesting.

At the Making Waves Symposium in Boulder this October, Viki Psihoyos put the Living Sea Sculpture into the ocean with the Ocean Action Tracker.  Virtually! Now, you can't actually see the DNA piece as though it were immersed and time-lapse propagating (which would be a cool app), but you see the project in a Google-Ocean-like world and can locate + navigate to projects and events around the blue globe. I love it!

Here you see the first bit-o-biorock pendant prototypes~ photos a la Clay Connally. A little gold leaf to mark where the electrical charge used to be.

Lovely Suzanne Moulton, friend and colleague in animation, a serious supporter of LSS, is modeling hers~photos by Chris Allen .

I'm still accreting more pendants and experimenting in the tank to investigate new materials and forms thanks to my continuing art/science residency at SeaHorse Aquarium. When trying to use a knit metal tube mesh recently as the matrix, I stumbled upon how to plate stainless with iron. It was an exciting accident to reverse the plating process, but kind of a messy one with rust and minerals...On the search for mild steel fine knit tube now; it has formal potential:)

As you all know, getting the DNA in the water is the BIG goal for the lucky 2013! Still running the razoo fundraiser and seeking grants for installation.

Many happy wishes to you all for a healthy and incredible new year!! Thank you for your continuing support and holding the vision of our DNA sculpture morphing into a coral refuge.

The beautiful photo at the very bottom, by EunJae Im, is the cover of the book: Innovative Methods of Marine Ecosystem Restoration.  For any of you wanting an in-depth scientific compilation of Biorock studies over the years, it is finally out!

With love, Colleen and Amphitrite

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It's between me and Club Med

We are entering fall, and after more than a year of awaiting the clearance--FULL clearance, to install LSS in Cancun, the marine park director and I have come to our next step.  Yes, we have government permits signed and ready. But Club Med, the resort that offered to supply the power, has increasingly required bureaucratic paperwork, adding to our delay and frustration. 

I am now working to contact the new person within Club Med who replaced my strongest ally in the corporation to review all of our original communications, agree to a clear way forward, and get the green light. My original contact was on the same page. He offered understanding, encouragement and was an enthusiastic gateway; I am sorry he left his job! Fingers crossed, his replacement also has some vision to help the ecology.

I told Jaime (marine park director) that I have promised all of you, my backers, a coral refuge.  I am determined to find an ocean home for this well-loved project and believe that we are close. If for any reason Club Med is unable to fulfill their original commitment, or says they were not committed, Jaime and I, MUSA, are going to have to find a new location.  The idea of giving up is not an option, and I mentioned that I have hundreds of private donors that have already paid for this work.  I cannot refund, and this whole process is apparently part of the process. He understood, admitting that even though he's a government official, after spending a year passing papers to different departments, he HATES bureaucracy.

It IS a drag, yet I stay open, involved and confident--It WILL happen.  And I have the ability to rationalize that "everything works out for the best."  It seems to help and I never think it won't happen.

If any of you have close ties with Club Med in Mexico, please let me know; maybe there is another way that I am not seeing. Fresh eyes and perspectives are welcome. Perhaps the new wave generators will get to market and become affordable...

 So, that is the story. It continues. And we have nearly $10,000 funds raised for our return.

On a PR note, tomorrow I am an honoree at Brain Storm here in Portland.  I will be presenting about Biorock and then interviewed. 

Exciting news!  The Home the Ocean Built, a 35 second cartoon animation, will have its world premier tomorrow night at the event. Special thanks to Danny Rico and Seth Norman.

The Portland Monthly captured me laughing at something. 

Oct 21 I will be presenting at Making Waves 2012 in Boulder, CO. 

In September, the inaugural mini Maker Faire took place here in Portland at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry-- more photos at Living Sea Sculpture

The Stocking Stuffer Coral and I thank you for your continuing love and support.

Colleen

Permit (sooo close!)

Hello all you supportive generous, patient people,

On August 31st, I received news that SEMARNAT (govt responsiblle for permit regarding a strip of land where our cable crosses) had signed the letter. Yea!! You know it has been a slow journey, so this is worthy of some hugs and high fives. It has since gone on to Club Med. 

I wanted to tell you all the minute I found out, but I was not clear what I was finding out. It seems the greenlight is not quite, BUT, we are CLOSER. 

Today I am preparing for the first Maker Faire to happen in Portland this weekend.  I will have a booth with the Biorocker and the community reef, people can make small wire models of sculptures, and I am very excited about the group creation of a new coral "species" out of socks and part of an old papasan chair. Since it is all about making at Maker Faire, and Portland is the capital of reuse craftiness, we have loads of colorful socks, all sizes, ready to be stuffed and added to one intriguing new organism.

I'll be speaking at 4 PM tomorrow about Living Sea Sculptures, corals and transforming seafloors.  So if you are in the area, please come by and say hello!   I love to see friends and will be at booth #65 from 10-6 both Sat and Sun. 

I have some other good news to share, events coming up, and photo of latest Biorock scale model, so will be back shortly. 

Thank you all!  Please take a moment to envision the DNA piece in the ocean today:)

Colleen

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American Natural History Museum

Happy World Ocean Weekend!

Tomorrow is the Milstein Science Series Great Barrier Reef event at the American Museum of Natural History.

From 11- 5 we will be making a steel sculptural reef in the Ocean Hall.  A large creative collaboration with no certain formal outcome, although I hope it will be very cool (with all those kids, how can it not be?). 

I've worked the past couple days creating a basic sculptural framework with 1/8" steel welded to a beautiful spiral staircase railing (think helix) at the AMNH Exhibitions studio.  Kids and all will attach the crocheted corals, jellies, and needle-felted fish (Gossamer community reef) to simulate a real ecosystem.  And they will be adding wire and steel rods to help build the reef.  In my dreams, the sculpture (sans fibers) will be sand-blasted and immersed into the sea to become a coral or oyster habitat.

Big THANKS to Clay Connally for taking down the recent exhibit of the Biorock coral simulation installation at Emerson Space Case.  It was up from April 26- June 4 in a unique Portland window display gallery that is only for street viewing. Clay sent the critters and supplies to NY for this urban reef celebration I am getting ready for tomorrow.

Coral scientist, Anya Salih, will be presenting at 12 and 2. She studies fluorescing corals and how they may have an advantage in surviving climate change due to the proteins that give them their glow.  I will be speaking at 1:30 about Biorock.  And very exciting: "Coral: Rekindling Venus" by Lynette Wallworth will be playing in the Planetarium at from 5-5:45.   Love to see some of you there!!

Papers in Mexico?  still working on it.  And funds, coming along.  Your patience and  positive thoughts this way are hugely rewarding. I will do some kind of dance when I can share that we are going back to install.  August is still on my mind. 

here's a bit of press about a possible project in the works for oysters.

Latest TEDxMonterey "Sea Change" talk

razoo fundraiser still on. 

Below are photos of the Emerson Space Case exhibit...and lastly, the Caracol House on Isla Mujeres that instigated this whole Cancun production to begin with.  That photo was taken a year ago June 2.  MUST RETURN SOON!

thank you all! Colleen, Amphtrite and Miss Snail Pail

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TEDxMonterey; theBlu in Times Square

My energy is still high and hopeful for a July or August installation. Thank you for your emotional and financial contributions and belief in me, this project and the vision.

I'm just back from TEDxMonterey "Sea Change" last Friday in California.  It was a dream of a "job" to be invited to be the licensee and help create the event with Eva Gudbergsdottir, Bob Cole, and Colleen Ann Beye at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIIS. (will do best to use as many acronyms in this as possible, since I know they really like them at MIIS).  It was live-streamed in 7 languages!         If you are short on time: check out the photos at the bottom!!

From scientists to economists, dancers, to educators, seafood to subsistence fishermen, it was all oceans.  I was invited to speak: "Coral Restoration-Mutual Symbiosis in the Anthropocene" was my topic (thanks, Eric Berlow, for Anthropocene) and to have Trash Tara (latest alter ego in progress) be an interactive exhibit in the Innovation Lounge. No, I did not curate myself into the show! but was grateful to be asked and to invite some unique presenters and loungers: Sustainable Now Technologies 

and theBlu

"What is theBlu?

Inspired by the Oceans, theBlu is a socially-connected, global interactive screensaver. Each time you participate, your interactions and connections impact the flow of life in theBlu and everyone's experience of it.

TheBlu is created and curated Academy Award-winning leaders and world-class artists and developers - we call them Makers. Each time you purchase beautiful species and habitats to add to the globally-connected Ocean, you support oceanic conservation."

On May 4th theBlu launches in Times Square. 5-11 PM 43rd St. Please come if you can!

I will be in NY for an art opening May 3: Tria Gallery, 6-8 PM

and will help theBlu with their launch..
Amphitrite will be on the scene...

from TEDxMonterey photo booth

Those of you who made it to TEDx, thank you and happy to see you there! Everyone else, happy to share with you that the coral refuge is still on track.

Paraphrasing Lynne Cox, swimmer of the English Channel and other cold vast waters, the path (straight) may look like 5 hours, but it is 12 hours after you have to snake around and navigate the currents, tides, and wildlife.  that is why it is a challenge and why people dream big dreams. not because they are easy. Yes, i am talking to myself here.

I received a reassuring photo of the DNA sculpture from Jason deCaires Taylor this week. Safe under a tarp...Can't seem to upload to show.

We are back to $5500 towards installation and documentation between the razoo donation page and paypal. wahoo!

here is a photo of Alyssum Pohl--aquaculturist, artist, performer-- and I at the TEDx.  She was my creative cohort in the Trash Tara exhibit where we displayed the costume in-progress and invited people to help make her "catch-all" out of 6-ring plastic holders and fish nets. A way to compassionately collect trash and transform our negative guilt or denial about our garbage into something more positive and pro-active. 

 

Trash Tara parts in-progress

"catch-all" on wall in progress

fishing net found 25m down in marine sanctuary (donated to project)

all photos by Alyssum Pohl

the sun is shining and cherry blossoms are snowing on me in Portland. Thanks and  love~ Colleen and Amphitrite