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Published on March 19th, 2010 | by Rob Cumiskey


A Woolly Wonder

You might remember that I posted recently about the Science Gallery and their Open Call for entries to their new Flagship show, Biorhythm, which opens on July 2nd. Through my work with them, I’m privileged in that I get to hear about their upcoming exhibitions in advance and am really excited about what Biorhythm is going to bring to the public. It’s the first time the Science Gallery have ventured into the world of music and it could prove to be very interesting indeed.

In the meantime, they have a new exhibition being launched tonight called ‘Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef’. I was at their recent TED X 3.0 talk and was really impressed by one of their speakers, Margaret Wertheim. Margaret has spoken at TED before, as you can see here:

Her goal is create awareness of the effect that Global Warming is having on the coral reefs, which are acknowledged to be one of the natural wonders of the world. How does she do this, you ask?

Margaret and her twin sister, Christine, crochet coral reefs. Crochet, it has been proven, is the only means available to replicate the hyperbolic shape of the coral reef. Fascinating stuff, if you think about it.

‘Tightly bunched mounds of brain coral, wavy strands of kelp, tubeworms, sea slugs and nudibranchs have all been mimicked with the twins’ techniques. Just as the diversity of living species results from variations in an underlying DNA code, so too a huge range of hyperbolic crochet ‘species’ may be brought into being through modifications in the underlying crochet code. There is an ever-evolving crochet ‘tree of life’.’

Their project has spread virally around the world, and at this point in time, over 3,000 women and a few men have contributed to this hugely successful project. It’s a fascinating venture and I have been lucky enough to see the exhibition take shape today.

In advance of the launch tonight, they did a photo shoot with none other than Sophie Merry (of Groovy Dancing Girl Fame).

HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF opens on March 20 and runs until June 11th at Science Gallery, Pearse Street, Dublin. It will be open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00. If you can’t wait, there’s a VIP preview tonight which you can sign up for here. (You’d better hurry though :-))

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