Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Hyperbolic crochet coral reef

This exhibition confused me, I wasn’t sure what the point of it was. Margaret and Christine Wertheim use crochet to depict hyperbolic geometric forms, the structure of which is beautiful and very interesting. Christine then noticed the similarity of these forms to corals and since then they have developed this community reef project with audience participation. What confused me is that the work is no longer scientific (the hyperbolic forms are decorated, the ‘corals’ are not based on actual species) and nor is it art. It seems to be popular though and lots of people are keen to take part so as a community project it works well, but as an exhibition it left me completely cold.

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