This is the time of year where those of us not soaking up all the goodness at MACNA get a bit melancholy — wondering what cool gear is being unveiled, all the great frags, the speakers and of course the people and parties. If you happen to be in the Twin Cities in Minnesota this weekend and want to get a quirky reef fix, check out the “Illuminated Reef” at the Can Can Wonderland.
First off, not having been there and Googling Can Can Wonderland, this place looks fun to begin with. But this Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot there is a performance art exhibit you can be a part of that helps support coral reef preservation.
The event is put on by the Illuminated Reef Collective as an art installation that needs your participation to make it even cooler. There are three parts an illuminated “reef” with black lights, an aquatic library where visitors can check out glowing fish to “swim” around the reef with, and there’s an underwater soundscape composed by the group.
“Coral reefs in the ocean have been in a lot of trouble, with climate change and associated things,” says Peter Schultz, co-chair of Barebones, the organization behind the event and concept. “Our intent is to show its beauty by having people participate in this performance art.”
And they want you to truly be a part of it and have some fun too. You can stroll through the setup with an illuminated fish from the library and if you are a musician, then you can join the soundscape as well.
The event is free, but a suggested donation of $10-20 is recommended. It will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight each day at Can Can Wonderland, 655 Prior Ave. N., St. Paul.
[via City Pages]