Part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring
Participate in this global project by crocheting your own coral for display in a new Reef at the Tang!
Read more about the Crochet Coral Reef project and learn how to make your own hyperbolic crochet.
Donate your handmade coral!
Mail your creation with your name and email address and/or phone number to:
Elizabeth Karp, Senior Museum Registrar
Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Check back often for announcements about upcoming workshops!
About the Crochet Coral Reef
The Crochet Coral Reef is project created by sisters Christine Wertheim and Margaret Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice, the project responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash by highlighting not only the damage humans do to earth’s ecology, but also our power for positive action. The Wertheims’ Crochet Coral Reef collection has been exhibited worldwide, including at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Hayward Gallery (London), Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). The project also encompasses a community-art program in which more than 10,000 people around the world have participated in making more than 40 locally based Satellite Reefs—in New York, Chicago, Melbourne, Ireland, Latvia, UAE, and elsewhere. The Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef on display here is the latest addition to this ever-evolving wooly archipelago.
About the Artists
Margaret Wertheim is a science writer, artist, and author of books on the cultural history of physics. Christine Wertheim is an experimental poet, performer, artist, and writer, and a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts. Margaret and Christine conduct the Crochet Coral Reef project through their Los Angeles–based practice, the Institute For Figuring, which is dedicated to “the poetic dimensions of science and mathematics.” The IFF is at once an art endeavor and a framework for innovative public science engagement.
Join Lucy Beizer ’19 for step-by-step instructions to crochet a hyperbolic plane.
Video edited by Fatou Diop ’23.