crochet coral reef

On Sunday I went to the Winter Garden for the opening of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. The project marries craft and mathematics, and brings attention to the ocean’s endangered coral reefs.

The pieces are every shape imaginable, and made from everything from wool to trash.

I got to meet Helle, who has flown in from Australia. Her Rubbish Vortex is hanging in the middle of this snapshot…

It’s made entirely from plastic bags of every color, sent to her from all over the world. I find the piece particularly moving; the real trash vortex in the pacific is large enough to be compared to a land mass and makes this planet seem very small and vulnerable.

7 Responses to “crochet coral reef”

  1. Barb Says:

    A disturbing, yet beautiful, exhibit. Thank you for sharing pictures.

  2. Julia Says:

    The work looks amazing…. wish I could have been there.

  3. Ellen Says:

    Thank you Estyn… agreed, it is so sad to think of a trash heap in the center of the ocean…augh!!!!

  4. jude Says:

    …and i am travelling… travel always comes at the worst time, i hated to miss helle while she was here in ny…

  5. wazz Says:

    Thanks for posting this. What a fantastic project – incredibly moving. The trash vortex is a truly appalling thing. Here in Scotland plastic waste is having a devastating effect on all sorts of marine wildlife.

  6. helle Says:

    Thanks Estyn………. Just a treat to spend the afternoon with you.

  7. Liza Says:

    WOW. I love this. so inspiring. and depressing at the same time. at least it is a response.

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