On Sunday just past, my mother in law mentioned that there is a crochet coral reef at the Caloundra Regional Gallery that we could check out.... GASP!! I have always, always, always wanted to see a finished satellite crochet reef ever since I heard of them while working on
I KNIT Brisbane in 2010. So we headed over to the gallery and were not disappointed!
The reef itself was given a full room to allow wanderers a dry diving experience. One could argue that despite being made of fluffy yarns and delicious texture, the crochet reef is so life like! Even for non crocheters, the spectator can clearly see the effort and mammoth amount of work that goes into the exhibit. If not by thousands of deep sea creatures, the hundreds of contributor's names on the wall, then perhaps by some of the 'behind the scenes' images around the room.
I had the pleasure of perusing this exhibit with my family. My son absolutely loved the hiding fish, the sparkling jelly fish and gorgeous giant turtle. I want to take a moment to mention the Institute for Figuring. Founded by two Australian women Christine and Margaret Wertheim, who in 2005 commenced the Crochet Coral Reef project to use science, biology and hand craft to help bring exposure and awareness to the dire needs of the Great Barrier Reef.
The exhibit is free to enjoy and will be running until Sunday June 28 at the Caloundra Regional Gallery.