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Minneapolis Satellite Reef
Part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef Project created by the Institute For Figuring

iff-logo-fullThis summer, MIA is excited to exhibit the Institute For Figuring’s worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project as part of the special exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind”, on view June 21–August 30, 2015. Reflecting on intersections between art and science, this exhibition is anchored by Leonardo’s famous Leicester Codex, the notebook in which the Renaissance master sketched his ideas about water both figuratively and conceptually.

Above image: Institute For Figuring’s Crochet Coral Reef project, 2005-ongoing. Photo © the IFF.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn conjunction with the exhibition, the MIA is inviting the community to participate in the making of a Minneapolis Satellite Reefpart of the Institute For Figuring’s ongoing Satellite Reef program. Over the next six months, citizens of the Twin Cities and beyond are invited to create crochet coral to contribute to the reef. Organized by MIA and created by the community, the Minneapolis Satellite Reef will be exhibited at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Community Facility (MWMO) August 24– September 30, 2015.


How to get involved:

  • Already know how to crochet? Check out Institute For Figuring’s online exhibition on Hyperbolic Space for inspiration.
  • Need to learn to crochet or want a refresher? Attend a workshop at MIA, MWMO, or another one of our partner sites. See below for upcoming dates.
  • Ready to submit? Complete this submission form and drop off with your crochet coral piece(s) at the MWMO 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., or mail with your crochet coral piece(s) to:
    Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
    2522 Marshall Street NE
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418-3329
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Submission Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2015

Workshop Dates:

At the MIA

  • Saturday, July 25th 10-1pm Target Atrium – RSVP here

In the Community

  • Friday, July 24th — 3:30-5:30pm @ Windom South Park

Connect With Us!

on Facebook – Minneapolis Satellite Reef open crochet circles

on Ravelry – Minneapolis Satellite Reef

Are you an organization or community group who wants to host your own workshop? Email for more information. To learn more about the project read the FAQs here.

Minneapolis Satellite Reef will be on display from Aug. 24 – Sept. 30, 2015:

  • Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday extended hours, open until 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays September 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Directions to MWMO