Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tetrahedra* Are Us

From this:

To this: 

On one of his forays through Western Washington University's library, Exhibits Manager Bill Lee happened upon a series of books by Bradford Hansen-Smith.  (Hansen-Smith explores folding the circle with a passion and determination I doubt is matched by many others and has created a number of texts that provide instructions for creating an array of fascinating objects.)  Being a math enthusiast, Bill checked out one of Hansen-Smith's books and brought it to Mindport, leading a group folding effort that has resulted in the pyramid pictured above and a few more like it.  For now, the folding continues up in the offices, but ultimately we expect to have a finished exhibit down on the floor.  

If you're interested in exploring the folding of the circle before then, see Bradford Hansen-Smith's website

*A tetrahedron is a kind of polyhedron and is one of the five Platonic solids.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Get Your Creature On

Our current window features the froggy pictured above, a lovely wearable sculpture created by Mindport staff member Carol Oberton for the Bellingham Procession of the Species, a parade celebrating creativity, community, and our connection with nature.

It’s April 2, which means that Bellingham’s Seventh Annual Procession of the Species is now less than a month away.

Carol, one of the creative prompters of the Bellingham Procession from its inception in 2004, has been showing up at Mindport lately with large insect heads constructed from old plastic take-out containers, plumbing bits she’s found in the recycling bins here, and cast-off black mesh.  If you’re bored with staff meetings, try having someone come with an oversized beetle head for everyone to try on.  Works wonders!  (Actually, we are never really bored in Mindport staff meetings – it’s the only time most of us are in the building in the same time, and we have a good time checking in with each other.) 

Anyhow, Carol, who’s been both amphibious and crustaceous in the parade, and the rest of the Procession collaborators invite everyone to join in the fun.  There are Procession workshops every Saturday in April to help you get ideas for and construct banners, creepy creatures, stroller beasts, heads, tails, masks, BIG puppets, and the like.  The workshops are held at the Environmental Learning Center, 514 West Holly and are free and open to all.  Since there are only three simple rules to follow: no motorized vehicles, no live animals, and no words written or spoken, you can really let your imagination go.  Check out the Procession web site for more details: 

Once you’ve got yourself ready, just line up Saturday, May 1 at 3:30 behind the library.  You’ll march through the streets with your fellow creatures and wind up at the ending celebration held in Maritime Heritage Park.  We’ll see you there. 

The Bellingham Procession of the Species is a collaboration of the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department and Start Here Community Arts. 
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