Crochet, art and ecology: coral reefs project

Crochet art and ecology coral reefs project

Margaret Wertheim, a math professional, combines geometry and crochet in order to make art and she -with her sister Christine- weaves coral reefs to create awareness about these wonders that are disappearing in the whole world. To recreate these forms with crochet, these sisters use mathematical and geometrical notions, they called it “hyperbolic crochet”.

These crochet coral reefs are a fusion between art, science, math, crafts and communitary work, indeed, this could be the biggest communitary project in the world.

Crochet coral reefs

Coral reefs are one of the world wonders that are disappearing because of global warming and human destruction, scientific studies says that the Great Coral Barrier of EEUU will disappear in a few years. And that is why -as a tribute to these natural wonders- Margaret y Christine Wertheim developed the crochet coral reefs project.


Wertheim sisters began this project in 2005, in their home in Los Angeles. Then, the project expanded and got known in other cities. Actually, it is a world movement that involves communities in the whole planet.


Hyperbolic crochet

The inspiration to make these crochet coral reefs was taken from the hyperbolic crochet technique, developed by Dr. Daina Taimina in 1997 in the University of Cornell. Wertheim sisters worked these techniques to create the taxonomy of the coral reefs forms of life, recreating with wool the wonders of the deep ocean.


They have woven in crochet algae, anemones, sea slugs and arabesques corals just combining art, crafts and science.


This is the explanation of hyperbolic crochet:

“The basic process to make these forms is a simple pattern or algorithm which produces a mathematical pure form, but when you vary or mutate the algorithm you can produce a variations of the same form. The project Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef its a scientific and artistic experiment in constant evolution”.


Source: trapillo

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