The Deep have been inundated with generous donations of crochet coral and sea life, after launching Project Crochet on 12 September for International Crochet Day 2020.
A call was put out across social media to all The Deep’s crocheting supporters to create and donate items which would form a new exhibit in the reception for October half term.
The Deep were inundated with amazingly detailed corals, shells and animals including starfish, seahorses, pufferfish and more. The project saw families coming together to work on creations together.
There was amazing support from Hull including local crochet group Babes in the Wool as well as donations from further afield including Leicester, North Lincolnshire, Grantham, Colchester, Northumberland and North Shields.
Katy Duke, CEO said “The Deep is financially going through a very challenging time and we were not in a position to be able to create a new display for October half term by ourselves. Launching the crochet project in September was primarily a way in which we hoped to engage with our supporters, harness their talent and involve them in a little project which would result in a small display at The Deep, however the response has been amazing! Donations have been flooding in ever since and the result is a fantastic coral reef!
We are so grateful for every ones hard work, imagination and skills. Coral reefs, are in effect, underwater cities containing so much life, diversity and colour which is why it has come together so well. Everyone’s contributions have created the perfect reef and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect our environment. A huge thank you to all who have donated their time and creations to create our community reef”.
The Deep’s resident coral expert, Seb Prajsnar was involved in the build of the display, ensuring as much accuracy as possible on the positioning of particular species. He commented “It’s fantastic to see the efforts our supporters have gone to, the detail on some of the coral and sea life is so accurate, I am really impressed”.
Visitors can see view the crochet display within The Deep’s reception area free of charge, face coverings must be worn and social distancing must be adhered to. For those wishing to visit the aquarium, tickets must be pre-booked at www.thedeep.co.uk