Got some time on your hands?
Love to crochet and knit?
Looking for a hobby at the start of this new year?
Do you happen to live in, or around, or plan to travel to Germany or California?
Well then, have I got a project for you!
Head on over to the Museum Kunst der Westkuste in Germany or the satellite program at the Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and participate in a creative, educational endeavor.
Starting January in Germany and June in Pasadena, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is an endeavor to join art and science on a massive scale, ” In addition to resembling the natural formations of a coral reef, the crocheted forms conform to the regularities of hyperbolic space. As opposed to a closed geometric sphere, hyperbolic space can be compared to a cluster of planar forms that invariably curve outward. This mathematical phenomenon can be represented by means of simple crochet patterns. Thus, handicraft, geometry and biology are interwoven.”.
The crochet coral reef project officially titled Hyperbolic: Reefs, Rubbish and Reason was started by Margaret and Christine Wertheim, and has continued to grow, not unlike a real reef, over the years as the Wertheims continued to grow their piece and their message at their Institute for Figuring. Offshoots have also been popular over the years, and will often be exhibited with the original reef in traveling exhibitions, so there’s a great chance a part that you work on will be included.
If you are looking for something fun to do this year – why not participate in a coral reef crochet extravaganza? The yarn and crochet supplies are all included, and you can even work on the reef from your living room couch watching 30Rock re-runs and send it to the museum later. And you get the added bonus of telling everyone how you are working on this multi-national major art project that’s kind of a big deal.
Kick that dirt off your shoulder and get crocheting.