crochet coral reef

Created by twin sisters Margaret Wertheim (an acclaimed science writer) and Christine Wertheim (a writer, poet, and art college professor), the Crochet Coral Reef is now the world’s largest participatory art & science endeavor. In an inspired cross-disciplinary synthesis, the Reef project combines mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, environmental consciousness and community practice into a rare holistic nexus. The vast, visually stunning installations created by the Wertheims and their collaborators have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the globe, including the Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), Deutsches Museum (Munich), Museum of Arts and Design (NY), the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.), and many other places.

In the community dimension of the project, almost 10,000 people in 40 cities and countries  have participated in making an ever-evolving woolly archipelago of giant crochet reefs, constituting a unique global artwork whose tentacles extend from New York, Chicago, London and Melbourne, to Latvia, Ireland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. This lavishly produced, fully illustrated book, written by Margaret and Christine, brings together the scientific and mathematical content behind the project, along with essays about the artistic, cultural and feminist resonances of this ongoing experiment in radical craft practice. With a wealth of gorgeous color images, the book serves as a visual record of the many Crochet Reefs worldwide, and a special section includes the names all the project’s many thousand contributors.

Science studies luminary Donna Haraway at UC Santa Cruz has hailed the project as “palpable, polymorphous, terrifying and inspiring stitchery.”

Written and edited by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim, with additional essays by Anna Mayer, Leslie Dick and Marion Endt-Jones, and a Forward by Donna Haraway.
Book design by Kimberly Varella, Content/Object Design Studio (Los Angeles).

Published by Institute For Figuring Press (Los Angeles, 2014, pp208)
ISBN: 978-0-9779622-3-5
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