NYU workshop

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March 1st and 2nd, 2008

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

If you missed the first, attend the next.

Learn to make your own crocheted coral reef!


Owing in part to global warming, coral reefs the world over are dying off at rate faster than the rain forests.  In part to call attention to this catastrophe, and  in part to honor the Great Barrier Reef of their homeland, Australian twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim have put out a call for citizen craftspeople to help fashion a giant, exponentially expanding, crocheted coral reef,  in a sort of global warming equivalent of the AIDS Quilt project.



Saturday March 1, 1-2:30 pm

Barney Building Einstein Auditorium 34 Stuyvesant St (between 9th and 10th)


Christine Wertheim will lecture about the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project , currently showing in Chicago and coming to  NYU in April 2008. The Reef grows out of  techniques first devised  by mathematician Daina Taimina in a novel effort to model non-Euclidean hyperbolic space, and then expanded  upon by the Wertheim sisters as they have taken to fashioning a wide variety of corals, kelps, anemones and other reef-forms. Now engaging people all over the world, the Crochet Reef is a unique conjunction of geometry, handicraft, marine biology, conservation ecology, and aesthetic practice—featured in both science and craft magazines. So do take this chance to learn from one of the creators of reef-crochet, and learn about the intersection between non-euclidean mathematics and sea slugs!


In addition, Christine Wertheim will lead informal workshops to teach the skills needed to create your own woolly reef.  Materials are being generously provided by the Lion Brand® Yarn Company, but feel free to bring your own: recyclable strips made from clothing, plastic bags, old sheets, anything that you can crochet which will add our sustainability.


Saturday, March 1 3-6PM

Sunday,  March 2 12-4PM

Barney Building, Room 309

Workshop space is limited so RSVP to reserve a space!

Email: KailaBulfinat ktb233@nyu.edu

IncludeSubject heading: Coral Reef RSVP

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NOTE: Please also let us know if you have experience with crochet and would like to assist.















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