Crochet Coral Reef

Honestly, I’m still recovering from CONvergence. It’s a lot of work, extroverting that much for four days. And my kids are … readjusting, let’s say, after a weekend of kid-value partying.

So here, have the Crochet Coral Reef.

I found this when we went to the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Wednesday. Part of the Crochet Coral Reef is on exhibit there, attached to a travelling installation of Leonardo DaVinci’s folio pages.

If that doesn’t make sense to you, well, you have not read the essays by Margaret and Christine Wertheim about art and mathematics.

If you have a chance to see any installation of the Crochet Coral Reef, I highly recommend it. And in any event, I recommend the companion book.

They self-published it because the traditional publishers they contacted would not agree to publish the names of all 7000 contributors to the reef project. The Wertheims insisted on including all the names. They refused to devalue the work of any artist who participated, however slight that participation may be.

The Crochet Coral Reef is beautiful. It is environmentalist. It is scientific and mathematical. It is artistic. It is deeply feminist.

I highly recommend this book.


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