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Crochet Coral Reef Gallery

All photos © Institute For Figuring. 

Photographed by Margaret Wertheim, Christine Wertheim, Christina Simons, Francine McDougall, Cameron Allan, Alyssa Gorelick.

The Toxic Reef at the the Sant Ocean Hall, in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., 2011.

Margaret Wertheim in the Föhr Reef, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, Germany, 2012.

The bleached section of the People's Reef, an amalgamation of the Chicago Satellite Reef and the New York Satellite Reef - at Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, 2009.

Anna Mayer arranging crochet corals in the Ladies' Silurian Atoll, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library, Scottsdale AZ, 2009.

Hyperbolic crochet model by Anitra Menning.

Crochet anemone by Margaret Wertheim

Crochet Coral Forest at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, UAE, 2014. White form (Coral Forest: Nin-Imma) crocheted from plastic shopping bags and Saran wrap, black form (Coral Forest: Stheno) crocheted from video tape featuring pieces by Evelyn Hardin and Christine Wertheim.

Detail of the Irish Satellite Reef, at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin. 2010. Tube worm with hyperbolic frills by Irene Lundgaard and spiral horns by Una Morrison.

Beaded hyperbolic jellyfish by Vonda N. McIntyre. McIntyre is the author many classic works of feminist science fiction, and the The Sun and the Moon, a fantasy about a friendship between a courtier of Louis XIV and a sea monster. The book has recently been made into a major feature film, set for release in 2015.

Margaret Wertheim drawing in the Mathematical Chapel of the Reefs, Rubbish and Reason exhibition at the Alyce do Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, 2011.

Hall of Holy Documents from the Reefs, Rubbish and Reason exhibition at the Williamsom Gallery, Art Center College of Design, 2011. Featuring pink paper soccer-ball model of the hyperbolic plane, fluorescent corals by Ildiko Szabo and Christine Wertheim, plus and letters sent in by Crochet Coral Reefers.

Coral Forest: Medusa, at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, UAE, 2014. Featuring spiral horns and tube worms by the Scottsdale Reefers and video tape danglers by Christine Wertheim.

Contributors to the Fohr Reef assembling their coralline landscape at the Museum Kunste der Westkuste, Fohr,Germany, 2012.

The Toxic Reef at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 2010.

The Midden, four years worth of Margaret and Christine Wertheim's domestic plastic trash, suspended in a fishing net, at the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, 2011.