The official, professional Crochet Coral Reef exhibit, which has been travelling around the world for a few years, has moved on from UCSC. But the closing of that show marked the opening of our own local satellite project, which opened at the Seymour Marine Discover Center. Here are some pictures from the opening:
Some figures are more realistic than others. Some are more fantastical.
Materials included yarn, thread, VCR and cassette tape, plastic bags, and twine.
White bits suggest bleached coral -- looks elegant but is actually not a good sign at all in our oceans.
At a technical level, this was a fun way to explore increases and decreases in crochet and thinking of the medium for three dimensional constructions. I remember playing like this almost fifty years ago, when I first started stitching. It is still fun.
The installation is a combination of lots - hundreds - of small bits along with larger pieces, all contributed by UCSC students and community members,
This exuberant display will be at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center through the summer and into the fall.