Friday, July 8, 2011

hook the reef—the reception

So I know I've been AWOL the last few weeks... honestly, I like to sleep in. I also had two projects with simultaneous deadlines followed directly by my sweet sister flying in for a 10 day visit. I know, I know.. no excuse. I left you all hanging, and for that I am a bum. But I'm ready to make up for it!
During my leave of absence I attended the opening reception for the Hawaii Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. I've blogged about it a couple times in the past, showing the progress of the pieces I was creating for it. It was a fun night! Michelle and her installation crew did a fabulous job putting the reef together. It had so much depth and range and looked just like a real reef; it was exploding with colors and texture!
There were an amazing amount of different species represented and a huge amount of different materials used to represent them! Recycled bikini, old sweaters, Christmas tree plastic icicles, plastic wires, plastic bags and even old cassette tape were all among them. It was so great to see the reuse of objects that pollute our oceans causing damage to our coral reefs—like plastic bags—in the creation of pieces for this installation, which was meant to bring awareness to the problem!
There were also several fish. The big one, top-center, is a Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (say that ten times real fast :), a sea turtle, also known as a Honu, swims next to him as a giant starfish, an eel and an octopus or tako as they are known here—that's Japanese for octopus—hang out underneath them. There's one of my knobby finger corals to the right of the starfish.
Many jelly fish floated above the reef too. These two were my faves. And a too-cute little squid hung out outside under the tent where demonstrations were given later.
It was cool to see even a "bleached" part of the reef. That's the whitening of the reef that happens when the soft corals leave their homes in the reef. I like the felted piece in the center; it really lent a great difference in texture here.
Some of my favorite pieces were this little flat worm made by Michelle. It's amazing, the level of accuracy she obtained using crochet, and I love the speckles! I think it has a specific name... if Michelle reads this and can tell me again what it is... :D
I also really love this lobster made by Julie. It is entirely too awesome!!!
The piece made reusing plastic that says reuse was great too. And if you look behind it, the red and white striped piece is the one made from parts of a donated bikini. Julie made that piece also... an urchin, so creative! That's one of my other pieces on the far right in the middle, Hawaii soft blue corals on a rock.
There were speakers on hand and education going on everywhere. Not only on how to help save our oceans and beaches, but also...
on how to crochet...
your very own hyperbolic coral, which when done tightly greatly resembles brain coral.
And the great lady who organized the project!!! Michelle Schwengala :D Thanks Michelle! And thank you to all the lovely ladies and, yes, even men, who crocheted all the super creative corals and sea life, and to those who helped with installation, organizing and educating! It really was a great success!

For more info on Hook the Reef-The Hawaii Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef check out these resources:
the beautiful math of coral video-Margaret Wertheim on TED

related posts:

hawaii's own hyperbolic crochet coral reef


Patrice said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It was a really fun event. Fabulous photos, Hannah! Thanks for sharing them.

hanasaurusrex said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

most definitely patrice! i really enjoyed being a part of this project :D

Acornbud said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great photos!

Akua Lezli Hope said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you so much for these pictures -- I was soooo
excited and delighted to identify some of my pieces
that traveled across the continent and oceans -- sea turtle, red coral, brown coral and a jellyfish
wow! wonderful.

hanasaurusrex said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

nice! super glad to do it :D and my husband LOVES your sea turtle!

stephanie joy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

SO amazing! What a project- I love it!

DaD said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

WoW! Now that I see everything come together, I can really appreciate all the awesome work ... and talent it took to create the amazingly realistic reef. Great photos Hannah !!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey Hannah! I'm just now seeing all of the great pics you took and posted here. I saw some before, but through Patrice's blog I got directed to the one of me with Isaiah and Josie. So cute to see them paying such close attention to the speaker! Isaiah was the youngest contributor to the project - even at just 6 years old he made some rockin' chains which, with a deflated balloon, he crafted into a Portuguese Man 'O War. Thanks for these pics plus all your fantastic contributions to the project!

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