Crochet Coral Reef in Baltimore

UPDATE:
The response and enthusiasm from participants in the Baltimore Satellite Reef has been amazing and totally overwhelming! Thus, the project organizers have decided to extend the crocheting past the opening. Let’s make this the biggest and most epic reef ever! Keep crocheting and you can drop off or send us completed pieces until June 16th! 

Sometimes, I do stuff beyond dyeing yarn. I feel especially lucky to be a part of the amazing arts community in Baltimore. Within my little world, I get to interact with artists, playwrights, designers, musicians and dancers. However, I don’t generally feel like an artist myself. Usually, I think of myself as a small-scale manufacturer. A business woman with a somewhat creative business. Until now. Until this project. Now I feel like I am actually contributing to the arts community in Baltimore.

I am bringing The Baltimore Satellite Reef (BSR), a satellite of The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project (HCCR), to Baltimore. If you’re unfamiliar with the project, here’s the skinny:

Community members young and old from all around Baltimore City have crocheted this enormous coral reef replica. The larger HCCR project began in 2005 with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, of the Institute for Figuring, in response to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. The HCCR is a community arts project that creates new methods to engage the public about scientific and environmental issues. With an unusual fusion of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, collective art practice and environmental consciousness, the BSR will be a unique and distinct part of what may be the largest community arts and science project in the world. Because of the flexibility of the formula and creativity of each community, it will be totally unique from the others, much like the ocean’s living coral reefs.

Since last fall, I have been working with members of the Baltimore community, including an amazing group of middle schoolers at the Midtown Academy, to create pieces of the reef. Now, I need your help. You can help support the BSR in two different ways.

First, you can crochet or knit your own coral. We would love to include as many different pieces in the final reef exhibition as possible.

Second, we are raising money to financially support this project through Kickstarter.

We have been and will be holding crochet workshops through late April and need some extra funding support! These workshops are fun, informative and a great opportunity for real community building and art making. We want everyone in all of Baltimore City to help us and get in on this project!
So, there’s something for everyone. Math, science, community arts and YARN! I hope that you can find a way to help me deliver this amazing project to the city of Baltimore! And you can keep up with the latest BSR news on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Crochet Coral Reef in Baltimore

  1. Extremely well written piece for an obvious good cause. Keep up the good work!

  2. The Baltimore Satellite Reef (BSR), a satellite of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project (HCCR), facilitated by artist Karida Collins is coming to Gallery CA. Community members young and old from all around Baltimore City have crocheted this enormous coral reef replica. The larger HCCR project began in 2005 with Christine and Margaret Wertheim, of the Institute for Figuring, in response to the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. The HCCR is a community arts project that creates new methods to engage the public about scientific and environmental issues. With an unusual fusion of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, collective art practice and environmental consciousness, the BSR will be a unique and distinct part of what may be the largest community arts and science project in the world. Because of the flexibility of the formula and creativity of each community, it will be totally unique from the others, much like the ocean’s living coral reefs.

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