Thursday, October 31, 2013

Woolly Wonder in Baile Átha Cliath

The IFF is recently back from Ireland, where we installed the Reef exhibition at the Science Gallery in Dublin. It was a pleasure to watch the various elements of the Core Collection take root in the galleries, and we especially like how the wall of windows on busy Pearse St. create an "aquarium" effect for framing the Toxic Reef in its ground-level spot.

One of the best aspects of our time in Dublin was meeting all the Irish Reef crafters and seeing their splendid creations. Coordinated by Irene Lundgaard and Orla Breslin, the Irish Reef is an inspired instance of how every Satellite Reef has its own personality and regional flair. From delicately-calibrated lacey coral to graphically-colored brain corals, each of the hundreds of individual elements of the Irish Reef came together to form a refined yet lively terrain!

In addition, Irish Reefers added their own "isola" to the Toxic Reef, creating dozens of innovative pieces using plastic bags, video tape, bottle tops, and various found/recycled items. We welcome their attention to the special importance of this part of the Reef project.

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