This summer in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, you can visit a satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef (HCCR) at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. The HCCR is a project of the Institute for Figuring, based in Los Angeles, and aims to connect mathematics and marine biology while bringing attention to oceanic environmental issues. Christine Wertheim and her sister Margaret Wertheim started the project in 2005 based on their idea for a "woolen reef," a sculptural representation of a coral reef made of crochet objects. Today, more than twenty-five reef projects have been created around the globe.
Members of the Pinellas Weavers Guild have contributed crochet reef elements for the Florida Craftsmen Gallery HCCR, which will open to the public June 8, 2012. In conjunction with the exhibit, local marine scientists will offer lectures about marine life issues. The gallery has "people from four countries, five states, and numerous locations in Florida contributing coral pieces to the project!"
The Indiana State Museum coordinated a Crochet Coral Reef exhibit in 2010. Photos courtesy of Joanna Hahn, Program Manager at the Indiana State Museum.