Sunday, 27 July 2008

A Day Off...

from studying and a day in London instead. One of things we got to see yesterday was "The Hyperbolic Coral Reef" on display at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank. This amazing display is a constantly growing crochet coral reef that was conceived in direct response to the plight of the world's coral reef which is diminishing at a rapid rate due to polution and global warming. A combination of science, art and handicraft - it was stunning! I hope I'm not breaking any rules by showing you my photographs but as I was allowed to take them I'm assuming it's okay to share them...








It's hard to believe that some of these are actually crochet! I don't have a list of the contributors but I do know that one of them is Helle Jorgensen who has a blog, so do pay a visit. The exhibition is on until August 17 if you happen to find yourself in the area - I can recommend it.

We finished off the day by going to the cinema to see this...


... which has to been one of the best films I've seen in a long time. Top marks for "feel good factor" and laughter so I definitely recommend this too. (I'm going with a friend to see it again on Tuesday!)

The only downside is that I can't stop humming Abba tunes all day today!

20 comments:

  1. That crochet is incredible! And I so want to see Mamma Mia but all my friends are on holiday at the moment :( and much as I'd love to go with Mr Locket it would end up costing an absolute fortune if we had to get a babysitter (even if we could find one!)

    Never mind, I'm sure I'll get there one day!

    Lucy x

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  2. what lovely pics and such fantastic colours - am going to see Mamma Mia on tuesday!
    x

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  3. Love the Coral pictures.The orange one is my favourite, so vibrant and bright, looking full of life as Coral should be.
    It sounds as if you had the kind of day off that all days off should be.

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  4. That coral is amazing - such great colours and textures, and a great way to take a break from the books.

    Ahh, so jealous about you seeing Mamma Mia. It looks like such a happy film! Was Ms Streep any good at the warbling though? I've already heard people ripping Mr Brosnan for his ropey voice.

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  5. Nothing wrong with singing abba tunes all day, it has been known to happen chez Trash Towers for no apparent reason!

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  6. I'm going to see mamma Mia on thursday, but its funny how its been slated by the critics and seems to be just about the most popular film of the year. I just want to see lovely Skopelos again!
    (And even lovelier Colin Firth..I think thats why my mum wants to go..80 and fighting fit!)

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  7. Oh wow - thank you for those photos. Aren't they amazing? So much fabulous work (and yarns!)

    I've yet to see Mama Mia, but it has been recommended.

    x

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  8. The reef is wonderful! Other contributors with websites (I'm sure you can find them via Google) are Ildiko Szabo (who lives in Liverpool) and Inge Hamilton (Ireland). And I especially loved Anita Bruce's ethereal starfish.

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  9. What a fantastic exhibition, thanks for showing us.

    I think I shall have to wait for Mamma Mia to go onto DVD as It's been and gone from here and I missed it :(

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  10. I've read about the reef before and I love it! It's amazing what you can do with crochet!

    I'm hoping to be out on a girlie Mamma Mia night soon!

    Your day sounds like the perfect antidote to studying:)

    xxxx

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  11. I've been reading about Hyperbolic Crochet after seeing some by Daina Taimina at Kettles Yard earlier this year - these are amazing!

    After seeing the trailers I think I'll give Mama Mia a miss though (sorry... !)

    Celia

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  12. Hello Gina, thank you for dropping by my blog, always lovely to have a new visitor. This coral crochet is amazing, wish I was nearby to go and see it. As for Mama Mia, it's on my list for this week! Diana x

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  13. The crochet is amazing isn't it. I have heard all good things about that movie too!

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  14. What amazing coral!

    Lucky you getting to see Mamma Mia (Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan? Someone hold me back!) - there's no way on earth I'd get Mr Cookie there, sigh. Maybe I can get him to babysit and go by myself, which would solve both the babysitting and the cost issues. Aha! (to continuw the Abba theme)

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  15. I forgot to say Happy Blog Birthday.

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  16. that crochet is so inspirational - thanks for the looksee :D

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  17. I blogged photos of the reef as well, when I popped in to see it (your photos are better than mine!) so if we weren't supposed to, at least we are in good company...

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  18. That crochet is incredible. Amazing work!

    And I agree with you about Mama Mia. I have seen it 3 times so far :)

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  19. I found your blog via Hens Teeth and glad I did. Lots of interesting things to see here. Love this amazing crochet work and your spiderweb clutch bag.

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  20. What an amazing piece of work! So many people working together too, makes my heart glad!

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