Design

50 people crocheted for two months to make these massive sea urchins

In celebration of the 2017 iLight Marina Bay Festival in Singapore, design collective ‘Choi+Shine Architects’ have installed giant sea urchins in the heart of the city.

Entitled The Urchins, the installation features three large urchins crocheted by 50 people in a span of two months. Each creature measures about 56 feet (17m), weighs 220 pounds (100kg), and is made from double-braided polyester chords.

The trio is interactive, able to sway and move with the wind during the day, and also illuminate once the night arrives. Visitors can also go inside the structures to appreciate the craftsmanship even more.

According to the designers, the piece aims to disrupt the mundanity of everyday life. It’s as if these sea creatures suddenly came out of the water just to amaze Singaporeans – a welcome distraction from their hectic daily routines.

“Seeing hovering and glowing lacy objects against majestic skyscrapers and dark water would make them pause and gaze,” the firm said. “This momentary pause of the mundane routine of our life would hopefully give us an opportunity to find the poetry around us.”

Find out more about London and Seoul-based ‘Choi+Shine Architects’ here.