Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hyperbolic Crochet Reef

As I am getting supplies together to learn to crochet an amazing exhibition I saw recently comes to my mind. The venue was the Science Gallery on the Pearse Street entrance to the TCD. Unfortunately, as it usually happens, I didn't have a camera with me so these were taken with a phone camera.

The target was to draw attention of the public to the fate of the coral reefs. At the centre of the exhibition, the Toxic Reef made entirely from plastic waste serves as a reminder of how 10 per cent of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Scientists now believe that it is entirely possible that there will be no coral reefs left by the end of this century. The plastic debris in the ocean is also killing an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds every year. Close inspection of the Toxic Reef reveals sea anemones made from shopping bags, a forest of kelp made from discarded video tapes, jellyfish made from plastic bin liners and an entire section made from the blue plastic wrappers of the New York Times...

On the articstic and creative side of things, the crocheted pieces were simply amazing. Many people from all over the world came together to produce the exhibits. The students of Trinity College manning the exhibition at the time we visited it all had crochet hooks and a ball of yarn in their pocket, teaching each other crocheting techniques.

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