Coral Reefs: The Real Thing (Inspiration) And The Art

by Editor on 2012/05/14

in Conference Committee Updates

Coral reefs are often called “the rainforests of the sea” because of the diversity found in their created habitats. Join us for an artistic look at inspiration (the real thing, a coral reef) and the art that results at our May 17 SciCafé in St. Petersburg, FL.

Guest speakers Erinn Muller, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Coral Reef Ecosystem Research Program, Mote Marine Laboratory and Diane Shelly, executive director, Florida Craftsmen, will converse and merge science + art in this free evening.

You’ll hear that thousands of species and millions of people depend on reefs for food and protection. More than 6,000 species of coral are known living in warm, shallow tropical seas or in the cold, dark depths of the ocean.They are severely threatened. Scientists estimate that 19% of the world’s coral reefs have been lost and another 35% will be lost over the next 20-40 years.

Diane Shelly will bring samples of Florida Craftsmen’s summer exhibition, a satellite of The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project (HCCR). The St. Petersburg satellite has been (is being) created by more than 200 local volunteers and artists. Thet HCCCR is one of the world’s largest participatory science and art projects. Meant to engage the public about scientific and environmental issues through creative new methods, the project has brought together marine scientists and fiber artists who, through yarn, visually portray the decline of coral reefs in the world.

The worldwide crocheted reef has been seen by more than three million people and exhibited in art and science museums including the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, The Hayward in London, the Science Gallery in Dublin and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC.

When: 5:30-7pm Thursday, May 17, 2012 (table seating starts at 5:45pm)
Where: The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge 540 First St. SE, St. Petersburg

RSVP required by Wednesday, May 16, to reserve seating:

This science café is presented by The Pier Aquarium and sponsored by David E. Ramsey, CFP and Raymond James, the American Chemical Society, FMSEA (Florida Marine Science Educators Association), COSEE Florida and food partner, The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge.

A science café’s casual meeting place, plain language and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. Each meeting centers on what we hope will be an interesting topic. Our moderator and scientists begin the conversation and talk about 30 minutes. There is a short break, and then the café resumes with audience involvement.

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