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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) from August 23 to 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.
  • Ready to submit? Fill out this submission form drop off during MWMO public hours, 8:00AM to 4:30 PM, or mail to:
    Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
    2522 Marshall Street NE
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418-3329
  • MWMOcmyk

Contributions must be received by July 31, 2015.

Workshop Dates :

at Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Target Atrium

  • February 28, 10am – 1pm, Target Wing Atrium
  • March 28, 10am – 1pm, Target Wing Atrium
  • April 25, 10am – 1pm, Target Wing Atrium
  • May 30, 10am – 1pm, Target Wing Atrium
  • June 27, 10am – 1pm, Target Wing Atrium

at Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

  • Friday, March 20 10:00am -12:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 14 5:00 pm -7:00 pm
  • Friday, May 15 10:00am -12:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 9  5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, July 10  10:00am -12:00pm

Are you an organization or community group who wants to host your own workshop? Email for more information.