Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Where: National Museum of Natural History

When: through April 24, 2011

People never cease to amaze me - the things they create can be truly jaw-dropping. Take this exhibit, for example. A slew of volunteer crocheters (is this a word?) working individually have created these representations of coral reefs.

Every color, every shape - the picture seen here is of one part of the exhibit; there is much more than this to be seen. The volunteers worked on their own, and then the pieces were put together to create the finished product. In much the same way, individual animals work to put together the actual coral reefs. It took over 8500 hours of work to build the reefs on display.

There are several different displays; one is a toxic reef, which features lots of black. There's also a bleached bone reef (lots of white here) which shows the effect of climate change on reefs. I learned that some coral reefs are so large that they can be seen from space - who knew?

Verdict: Do go see this exhibit - it's easily seen in a lunch hour, and the work involved is mind-boggling. If you ever think that one person doing some crochet can't produce anything worthwhile, this show will prove you wrong!

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