In January my mom and I headed into Washington D.C. to visit the Natural History Museum and see the Hyperbolic Coral Reef Exhibit. It was amazing to see tons of yarn crocheted and knitted into amazing coral reef shapes.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is a collaborative fiber art exhibition created and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring (IFF) in Los Angeles to raise awareness about threats to the world’s fragile coral reefs from global warming, pollution, development, and overfishing.
The Wertheims discovered that they could create an extraordinary likeness of a coral reef in crochet by varying a simple series of crocheted forms that were originally developed by Dr. Daina Taimina of Cornell University for use as mathematical models to demonstrate the principles of non-Euclidean geometry. With the help of many contributors who have joined in the effort, Margaret Wertheim describes the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project as one that has grown from a "reef" to an "archipelago of reefs" as it has traveled around the world drawing together aspects of marine biology, handicraft, mathematics, environmental awareness, and community art.