October 9 -11, 2011 our reef was on view for 2,000 participants at Aashe, an international sustainability in higher education conference, to check out. This was the first year that the conference included art and our project was one of only two pieces included. People were very curious and interested in the materials, ideas, and participants. I showed visitors how to crochet plastic bags and quite a few gave it a try. One insightful person remarked on how the piece 'draws one in as a kind of Dr. Suessical landscape, then once one's attention is captured the dark reality of the eco-underpinnings hit even harder.......'
I mentioned to a number of people that I would like to continue the project with new managers in different parts of the world, allowing the reef to accumulate each time it is on view. Anybody interested?
Check out the latest review in Artes Magazine, October 14, 2011. Scroll down to see image and discussion of Something in the Water.