The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011

National Museum of Natural History
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, North Center, The Sant Ocean Hall Focus Gallery Floor Plan

Endless variations evolving over time -- much like life itself. The hyperbolic crochet coral reef has grown from the discovery that cutting-edge hyperbolic geometry could be found in the intricate structures of coral reefs and represented though the traditional handicraft of crochet. This exhibition honors the disappearing wonder, beauty, and diversity of living reefs that are threatened by pollution and global warming through a whimsical display of colorful crocheted coral clusters, made of both yarn and found materials.

Local crocheters and crochet groups created additional pieces for the Smithsonian Community Reef.