Thursday, November 4, 2010

Crafting Consciousness

Interested in a fun and crafty outing?!

The National Museum of Natural History is currently exhibiting a crocheted coral reef. The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is a project by the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles and was created and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim as a way to focus on our dying coral reefs.

As the Smithsonian website states, "A sea of vibrant colors and fantastic structures, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef evokes a sense of stewardship of their real-life counterparts through a whimsical and beautiful display. Atolls and clusters of crocheted corals, made of both yarn and found materials, weave their way into unique coral communities. By using particular crocheting techniques that employ hyperbolic geometry, these reefs take shape into complex, natural-looking forms."  The Smithsonian Community Reef will be on display at the National Museum of Natural History from October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011. For more information go to the Smithsonian website. You can also contribute to the crochet creations!

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. A temporary exhibit running October 16, 2010 to April 24, 2011. 

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