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.
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