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Sant Ocean Hall, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

A mathematical odyssey into climate change

Exhibition Dates: Saturday October 16, 2010 – April 24, 2011
Exhibition Location: Sant Ocean Hall, Focus Gallery, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C.

After signature showings in London, New York, Chicago and Dublin, the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef has arrived at one of the world’s premier science institutions. On view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History for six months, the exhibition showcases the Reef project’s unique fusion of art, science, mathematics and environmentalism. Here, at the heart of the nation’s capital, hundreds of thousands of visitors will get to discover the geometric beauty of nature and the fragility of underwater ecosystems.

By actively inviting participation from people all over the country, the exhibition also highlights the Institute For Figuring’s groundbreaking work at the forefront of public science engagement. Here, almost 1000 people’s work is on display – a world-first for citizen representation in a major science museum.

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The elegiac Bleached Bone Reef, featuring red-and-white coral tree by Quoin. Rubble coral piles by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and unknown Chinese factory workers. Miniature beaded corals by Nadia Severns, Jill Schreier and Pamela Stiles. Beaded jellyfish by Vonda N. McIntyre, white floaters by Evelyn Hardin, vintage doilies by makers unknown. In the background is the Branched Anemone Garden.

Exhibition Content

  • Highlights of the exhibition include specially-curated versions of the Institute’s Bleached Bone Reef and Ladies Silurian Reef, along with a spectacular installation of our Toxic Reef, and a brand new Green Reef.
  • Also on display is a selection of individual works from our most skilled “Core Reef Contributors”, plus two large coral-pods from the amazing Latvian Reef, and Dr Axt’s ever-popular Reefer Madness.
  • In addition to the Institute’s Core Reef Collection, the exhibition also includes the Smithsonian Community Reef, the newest and largest of the project’s “Satellite Reefs”, which features contributions from more than 850 participants from across the USA and beyond.

Exhibition Credits

Institute For Figuring “Core Reef Contributors” in the Smithsonian Exhibition

Margaret Wertheim (Australia, CA), Christine Wertheim (Australia, CA), Anna Mayer (CA), Sarah Simons (CA), Evelyn Hardin (TX), Anna Mayer (CA), Helen Bernasconi (Australia), Marianne Midelburg (Australia), Barbara Wertheim (Australia), Helle Jorgensen (Australia), Ildiko Szabo (England), Heather McCarren (CA), Dr Axt (OR), Nancy Lewis (VT), Anitra Menning (CA), Shari Porter (CA), Vonda N. McIntyre (WA), Sue Von Ohlsen (PA), Rebecca Peapples (MI), Clare O’Callaghan (CA), Eleanor Kent (CA), Kathleen Greco (PA), Aviva Alter (IL), Nadia Severns (NY), Arlene Mintzer (NY), Jill Schrier (NY), Pamela Stiles (NY), Anita Bruce (UK), Mieko Fukuhara (Japan). With Ann Wertheim, Elizabeth Wertheim, Allie Gerlach, Lynn Latta, Quoin, Catherine Chandler, Sally Giles, Pate Conaway, Kristine Brandel, Cindy Bennish, Spring Pace, David Orozco, Diana Simons, Dagmar Frinta, Barbara Van Elsen, Njoya Angrum, Lily M. Chin, Siew Chu Kerk, Ranu Mukherjee, Katy Bevan, Rosy Sykes, Beverly Griffiths, Jane Canby, Ellen Davis, Jennifer White, Sharon Menges, Tane Clark, Nancy Youros, Ruth Curruthers, Irene Lundgaard, Aoife Canavan, Audrey Cremin, Elzbieta Rzechula, Emer Brady, Jacinta Douglass, Jennifer Byrne, Madge Kenny, Moira Jones, Orla Breslin, Serene Baird, Una Morrison, Geraldine Coogan, Gunta Jekabsone, Tija Viksna and the Latvian Reef Crafters. Plus contributions from the Scottsdale Reef Crafters, along with unkown doillie makers and Chinese factory workers.

The Smithsonian Community Reef was organized for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History by Jennifer Lindsay.

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The Smithsonian Community Reef

Coordinated by Jennifer Lindsay

Created by
Sara Abrahamsson, Alice Abrash, Judy Adams, Zahra Afshari, Katie Ahlfeld, Patricia Ahlfeld, Carrie Alexander, Janet Alger, Janet Allen, Dawn Alley, Jennifer Amarante, Robin Andersen, Beth Anderson, Mary Elizabeth Andrews, Claudia Angle, Anonymous, Anonymous Family, Summayya Ansari, Terry Anstrom, Megan Armenti, Katherine Armstrong, Zain Aslam, Barbara Atchison, Sylvia Atkins, Marcea Austin, Debora Bachman, Joan Baker, Kate Baker, Mia Baker, Sandra Baker, Shelby Baker, Niki Balani, Beverly Ballor, Jane E. Bancroft, Barbara Banks, Holly Barbour, Suzanne Barbour, Emily Barker, Lydia Barringer, Annie Barsky, Angela Barton, Barbara Barton, Freda Bayer, Lisa Bayne, Janell C. Bennett, Barbara Benson, Perry Lowell Bent, B. A. Benz, Lynn L. Bernardi, Heather L. Berry, La Vida Beveney, Peggy Biggs, Kristin Blais, Whitney Blanchard, Judy Blankenship, Carmen Blevins, Doris Bloch, Karen Blynn, Bonnie Blyth, Donna Bonzagni, Celia Booth, Priscilla L. Bouic, Cynthia Bowen, Loyce Bowen, Virginia Bragg, Kolya Braun-Greiner, Karen Brehm, Christine Breighner, Carol Breitner, Kathy Brennan, Carla McKinney Brenner, Beth Briggs, Denise Romano Bright, Elizabeth T. Brink, Martine Brizius, Caroline Brocato, Leslie Brock, Darlene Bromwell, Cathy Brown, Karen O. Brown, Michelle Brown, V.J. Brown, Beth Brumhall, Sarah Buckbee, Constance Burke, Michele Burgess, Peggy Burkenstock, Jonni Burnham, Cornelia Burr, Ardrea W. Burrell, Judith Busby, Abigail Bysshe, Tara Cain, Jean Calvert, Mary Ellen Campbell, Novia Campbell, Diane Cantrell, Stacy Cantrell, Gail Carome, Tina Carp, Annette Carr, Cheryl Cartwright, Caroline Castel, Allison Castellan, Janet Cavanagh, Robalee Chapin, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Claire Cho, Yvonne Christ, Arlene Christiansen, Sarah Christianson, Jo Christopherson, Rachel Chung, Carolyn Clark, Jaye Clark-Nios, Janine Coakley, Carole Coaxum, Melissa Coaxum, Sabrina Coaxum, Randi Cohen Coblenz, Bonnie Coffey, Galit Cohen, Robbie Cohrssen, Michel Colville, Katherine Condliffe, Joan Conway, Elaine Cook, Deborah Coon, Chardonnay Cooper, Linda Cooper, Lynn Coppage, Kim Costa, Maria Theresa Costea, NiYa Costley, Gaura Coupal, Nandi Coupal, Roberta Couver, Alice Crampton, Elizabeth H. Crews, Creative Crocheter, Cathy Crome, Jen Crowley, Lily Cuk, Cindy Cummings, Nyssa Cummings, Audrey Cupples, Marjie Curia, Rose Curia, Jill Curran, Faridah Dahlan, Amy Dahlin, Rebecca Damon, Donna Dancy, Darlene Daniels, Ruby Daniels, M. Jennifer Datiles, Adrian David, Andrea David, Anne David, Carla David, Cheryl David, Michelle David, Nicole David, Susan David, Kristin Davidson, Arnetta Davis, Paula Davis, Stephanie Davis, Margaret M. Dean, Luiza deCamargo, Pat Defino, Eva DeGlopper, Nova de la Cruz, Lynda DelGenis, Sylvia DeMar, Sheila Denn, Beth Denton, Cheryl Patrice Derricotte, Claudia J. Derricotte, Christine Devine, Robynne DeYoung, Judith Dickinson, Linda Diehl, Sevinc Dogruyol, Jo Dorsch, Meg Dotseth, Eileen Doughty, Roxanna B. Douglas, Nancy Dowdy, Joy Dryer, Nistha Dube, Shruti Dube, Guzel duChateau, Nicole Duffey, Helena Dukovich, Maryan Dunnet, Beverly Eason, Annabel Ebersole, Wendy Eck, Hanga Eder, Marsha Edgell, Candace Edgerley, Mel Edgerley, Suni Edson, Marsha Edwards, Dotty Eisenhour, Allison Elliott, Monique Elliott, Ellie Ellis, Jill Ellis, Maggie Ellis, Wendy Ellis, Jeanette Enos, Narmada Eriki, Acquania G. Escarne, Pam Esser, Janet Evans, Christine Everhart, Lesley Ewing, Karla J. Fahey, Liz Fairey, Christine Fallon, Laurie Farrington, Dr. Maria A. Faust, Karla Fears, Kate Feil, Rebecca Feldman, Pamela Feltus, Lizou Fenyvesi, Victoria A. Fernandez, Amber Ferrar, Julia Ferrar, Rebecca Ferrar, Mychelline Fiadhiglas, Helen Fields, Rosalie Fields, Stephanie Fillman, Sabine Finnern, Sylvia Fischbach-Braden, Jan Fisher, Lylie Fisher, Margaret Fisher, Liz and Ray Fite, Jamie Fitzgerald, Annette Fitzpatrick, Janis Fitzpatrick, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Paula Flicker, Mary Flint, Mark Flores, Carol Forbes, Yanique Foster, Christina Fox, Colette Fozard, Betty Francies, Shannon L. Francis, Debbie Frederick, Jon Frederick, Katharine Fredriksen, Lina Freeman, Renci Freeman, Katie French, Jan Frick, Jordan Fues, Deb Fuller, Eileen Gaffigan, Sarah Gale, Beth Gamble, Karen Ganong, Patricia Ganzi, Ericka Garcia, Judy Gardner, Anjali Garg, Mary Lee Garrison, Michelle Gasteen, Harriet Gerber, Suzanne Gentess, Patricia Gentili-Poole, Margaret Gibbs, Shayna Gibson, Lynne Gilliland, AuJanne Givner, Tasia Gladkova, Gwendolyn C. Glasser, Andrea Gleason, Sandra Glenn, Lynn Goldsbrough, Lisa Golladay, Lynn Golub-Rofrano, Trudy Gongora, Rebecca Stone Gordon, Janice Gorham, Annie Goshay, Caroline Gottlieb, Kathy Gourlie, Judith Graves, Eudora Gray, Jenniffer Gray, Y. Nicole Gray, Lillian Greenawald, Marjorie Greenawald, Elisabeth Greenberg, Sophia Greiner, Beth Grohnke, Valerie Grussing, Victoria Gutierrez, Ellen Haberlein, Alison Hadley, Laura Hadley, Ann Hagen, Christine Hager, Charlotte Hall, Alison Hall, Susan Main Hall, Penny Halverson, Marilyn Harrington, C.Y. Harris, Antonia Harrison, Pat Harrison, Ellycia Harrould-Kolieb, Trenean Hart, May Hassan, Rania Hassan, Gloria Hasslacher, Eileen Hatcher, Danielle G. Hauck, Lauren Hauck, Elaine Haug, Caitlan Hawkins, Kate Hawkins, Royce Hawkins, Darlene Hayes, Linda Heath-Trees, Jennifer Heinonen, Lauren Helgen, Sue Helmken, Sheila Henderson, Tolonda Henderson, Sean Hennessey, Christina Hernandez, Colleen Hile, Renee Hill, Hannah Hinton, Margaret Hoagland, Sharon Hodgson, Beth Hoffman, Barbara Holder, Charles Holder, Deirdre Holder, Lianne R. Holzer, Sharon Houck, Charlotte Houghton, Rosalind Houseknecht, Amy Hu, Junko Hurd, William Hurd, Jane Hurst, Kate Hyde, Carolyn Ibici, Sharon Imler, Ariya Ishida, Cynthia Kercoude Izadi, Suzanne Izzo, Barbara Jackier, Pat Jayne, Regina Jefferson, Leslie Jensen, Rebecca Jiang, Deleira Johnbaptiste, Marguerite Johnson, Cathy Jones, Ginny Jones, Samantha Jones, Sandy Jones, Sharon Jones, Ock Jung, Lisa Kadala, Hannah Kaplan, Wilma Kaplan, Amy Kaufman, Rachel Kaufman, Kristen Keiser, Lisa Keith, Faith Kelleher-Gaddie, Jacqueline Keller, Peg Kemp, Celeste Kennamer, Tara Kennedy, Jane Kidwell, Karel Kidwell, Kiesel Family, Hannah Kiesel, Kayley Kiesel, Jackson Kilburne, Jennifer Kilburne, AnaMarie King, JoAnna King, Susan Kitzmiller, Rebecca Kleister, Karen Klemp, Andrea R. Kline, Marian Klymkowsky, Elizabeth Knutson, Tammy Knutson, Alice Kolasny, Marion Krock Kolson, Terry Korn, Marantha Korobacz-Hammadou, Lexi Kowalski, Susanna M. Kuehl, Mary Beth Kurspahic, Grace Lachance, Jill Langford, Anne Langsdorf, Margaret Lanne, Dorothy Laoang, Rhonda Lapan, Fancy Largey, Lynne Larkin, Claire Larson, Ginny Larson, Jinann Larson, Lucy Laufe, Alexandra Lee, Debbie Y. Lee, Debra M. Lee, Helga Lee, Michele Lee, Amy Legg, Jessica Lepak, Joel Lepak, Judy Leonard, Abbi Lesnick, Lorraine Lewis, Megan Lewis, Megan Lewis, Ann Liddle, Julia Lieberman, Jiewon Lim, Betty Lindsay, Jennifer Lindsay, Sharon Littley, Janelle Livesay, Nora Lockshin, Marquetta L. Bush Lombardi, Zan Henigan Lombardo, Jennifer Lorenzo, Jane Louie, Megan Lu, Amy Luke, Stori Lundi, Helen Lyon, Kate Lyon, Melanie MacDonald, Irene Madden, Joyce Maginnis, Patti Mallin, Rose Malloy, Renata Mangrum, Anne Marcus, Becca Marsh, Shelley Marshall, Crescent Martin, Arielle and Jade Martinez, Liz Masiello, Ginny Mason, Kit Mason, Norma Math, Elizabeth Matory, Linda Mattingly, Cheryl Mawo, Katherine Maxwell, Wendy Mayer, Joan Mazer, Anna McAllister, Susie McBride, Grace McCaffery, Nancy McCarthy, Lee McCath, Sarah D McClain, Shannon Frigon McClain, William C.A. McClain, Melinda McClellan, Anne McCombs, Ann McConaughy, Pat McCoy, Carey McDaniel, Shannon McDaniel, Tamryn McDermott, Mac McDermott, Sarah McGinnes, Maggie McGrane, Megan McHugh, Sarah McIntosh, Michelle McKenzie-Duncan, Brenda McKinney, Emily McLaughlin, Benjamin McLenaghan, Brendan McLenaghan, Ruth Klewans McLenaghan, Doug McNamara, Rachel McNamara, Crystal McNeely, Virginia (Ginny) McNitt, Colleen McPhillips, Avice Mehan, Deb Meredith, Sue Merlino, Susan Michael, Linda Goetz Mierke, Cheryl Migliarini, Michael Migliori, Tammy Mill, Paula Miller, Tamara Miller, Carolyn Mills, Jane Milosch, Patrice Minor, Anita Mintz, Cinthia Mirabile, Anna Mitchell, Elizabeth Mitchell, Joan Mitchell, Dea Mitchem, Anne Mizoguchi, Elise Moe, Marcia Montgomery, Linda Montgomery-Blair, William Moomaw, Bonita Moore, Claudia Moore, Elida Moore, Kristin Moran, Judy Morris, Mary Lou Morris, Rebecca Morris, Laura Moses, Lily Moses, Ann Moy, Diane Mularz, Carrie Mumah, Elizete de Souza Murdock, M.G. Murphy, Alice Murray, Miriam H. Nadel, Jeannie Napp, Gregory Nau, Paige Negus, Julie Neill, Judith Newman, Peggy M. Newman, Dorothy Ngutter, Tham Nguyen, Gloria Nieto, Maryanne Noonan, Leslie Nottingham, Dixie Nuelle, Anne O'Connor, Paula Oddo, Karen Odle, Alexandra Ogilvie, Cassie Ogle, Wendy Oliver, Rosemary O'Malley, Alane O'Neill, Mary Ellen O'Neill, Lesley Packel, Alison Paddock, Maria Paez, Hyunsun Park, Liz Parke, Maggie Parke, Autumn Parker, Barbara Parker, Frances Parker, Jessica Parks, Cynthia Parsons, Iris B. Patton, Denise Patton-Pace, Edna Paulson, Jill Paulson, Dawn Pearson, Younah Pee, Ann Peel, Rhonda Parker Pegg, Dolly Perkins, Ellen Perlman, Jenny M. Peterson, Mildred Phillips, Bonnie Pierce, Mariame Pierce, Ann Ruhr Pifer, Hanna Poeschl, Philathea Pollard, Kathryn Pong, Demi Porter, Arthella Posey, Jina Pounds, Rhonda Prather, Pat Preston, Andrea Berman Price, Kathy Price, Theodore Prueter, Daphne Puerto, Wendye Quaye, Mabel Quinto, Christa Rabenold, Lorraine Ramsdell, Tauna Rankin, Shirley Ray, Sherrie Redden, Mary Rein, Nancy Renfrow, Burgess Rennels, Mindell Rennels, Rebecca Reviere, Margaret Revis, Anne Reynolds, Ana Ribas, Kori Rice, Beth Richwine, Jennifer Riddell, Marcia Rifkin, Rita Rigor-Matory, Claudia Ringel, Marcia Rivkin, Rachel A. Roa, Camden Roberts, Glynnis Roberts, Jamie J. Roberts, Rebecca Roberts, Sonia Roberts, Erica Robinson, Kelley Robison, Bridgette Robles, Julia Roche, Crystal Rodrigue, Kaja Rosenqvist, Ben Ross, Ginger Ross, Susan Ross, Stephanie Roth, Victoria Rothenberg, Patti Rounsevell, Pamela Rowe, Dee Rubel, Catherine Rudawsky, Judy Rudisaile, Marla Rudnick, Cynthia Rugolo, Sandy Runyeon, Barbara Rushworth, Wadad Sabra, Jelena Salti, Phyllis Sameloff, Dixie Sanderson, Sue Santa, Christina Santucci, Sandra Sarles, Julie Sarwatt, Marielle Saums, Rebecca J. Saunders, Aporanee Schauer, Monika V. Schiavo, Kathy Schneider, Lizzy Schneider, Sandy Scholar, Barbara Schreurs, Sherry Schwechten, Sandra Scott, Linda Segal, Rosann J. Seibel, Amy Sharfman, Anne Sheldon, Peggy Shifflett, Sarah Shuff, Wendy Silber, Joselia Silva, Andrea Simpson, Nancy Simpson, Janie Singleton, Karen Singleton, Samantha Singleton, Carol Slifka, Martha Slover, Anna Smirny, Barbara Smith, Carlyta M. Smith, Cynthia Smith, Dede Smith, Lizanne Smith, Lydia Smith, Sarah Sokolaw, Lesley Soto, Diana Soy, Helen Spencer, Claire Spencer, Shirl Spicer, Loretta Srch, Barbara Stam, Anna Stange, JoAnne Stapleton, Anne Stauffer, Barbara Stauffer, Ilse Stauffer, Anne Stegmann, Maureen Stemmle, Lea Stern, Suzanne Stevens, Joyce Stewart, Janet Stollnitz, Julie Stoner, Ann Stringer, Shannon Strong, Lydia Strouf, Miriam Struck, Trudy Suchan, Susan Suidikas, Sarah Sumner, Myra Sumpter, Catherine Sutera, Isabel Swift, Alice Sykes, Dotty Szymanski, Misa Takaki, Suzanne Tassche, Lauren Tate, Sara Tate, Catherine Taylor, Evangeline Taylor, Rachel Taylor, Solange Taylor, Torre Taylor, Violet Taylor, Robert Thesing, Sheila Thompson, Emily Tiedeman, Christina Tiffany, Sue Till, Ariana Tkachuk, Amber Tobiasz, Joy Toncer, Jennifer Trimble, Stacy Trock, Derek Tsao, Fan Tsao, Helen Turnbull, Dana Twersky, Ruth-Ann Tyson, Sondra Unverferth, Janet Utman, Marina Valdez, Francesca Valente, Carola van Cleef, Linda Vanhorn, Laura VanHouten, Laura Vaught, Anna Vega, Karla Vernon, Cara Vriezen, Joanne Wagner, Daphne Waite, Vivian D. Wantuch, Meredith Ward, Eleanor Wascavage, Tamara Webb, Sandra E. Weekes, Melissa Weiner, Carrole Welsh, Suzanne Wennermark-Roskowick, Marty Wessman, K. Westmoreland, Mabel Wettstain, Jessica Wharton, Kira Wharton, Katelin Wheary, Grace White, Joan White, Sue White, Kate Whitelaw, Angela Devlin Whitworth, Claire Wilensky, Jill Wilhelm, Sam Williams, Deanna Williston, Cindy Wincek, Roseanne Wincek, Rosa Wingate, MaryBeth Winkler, Michele Winowitch, Kathryn Winsberg, Christa Wissler, Lee Wittenstein, Cheryl Anne Woehr, Jennifer Woods, Claire Wudowsky, Ben Yatt, Sandy Weiss Yatt, Mia A. Yee, Sun-Ying Yeh, Victoria Judith Yetter, Saaraliisa Ylitalo, Melissa Yoder Ricks, Amy Yu, Ellen Yu, Joece Yuen, Maria Lucia Zabko, Natalie Zarowny, Jeannie Zeller, Sulan Zhou, Alan Zich, Cole Zich, Marie Zich, Nora Zich, Oonagh Zich, Kristina Zilli, Ellen Zwibak

The Hyperbolic Crochet Reef Project has been supported by grants from the Annenberg Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Norton Family Foundation.

VISUAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EXHIBITION: A PHOTOGRAPHIC WALK-THROUGH

A spectacular installation shot from one end of Sant Ocean Hall. Some highlights of this view are the ‘Natural History Cases’ of individual contributor works in the foreground with Dr. Axt’s Reefer Madness hanging above. Visible through the Green Reef’s case (at right) is the magnificent Smithsonian Community Reef designed to mimic the museum’s display of an ancient Ordovician coral reef.

Another look at the impressive mass of the Smithsonian Community Reef.

Installation view of the newly-composed Green Reef (foreground), looking through to the Ladies Silurian Reef in the background. The Green Reef features several wonderful psychedelic coral piles by the Scottsdale Reef crafters.

A detail of the jaunty Green Reef with contributions from Scottsdale Reef Crafters Linda Shirey, Jane Canby, Tane Clark, and Nancy Yahrous.

The Toxic Reef. In this iteration the Toxic Reef has finally realized its true destiny – this time around it is made entirely from plastic! Conceived as a response to the environmental tragedy of the oceanic plastic trash, and specifically the horror of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, never before has the siren call of rubbish been quite so festive. Featuring video-tape kelps by Christine Wertheim and Evelyn Hardin, Jelly-Yarn kelps by Kathleen Greco, giant plastic-bag corals by Siew Chu Kirk, and blue plastic-bag anemones by Clare O’Callaghan.

A detail of the explosive Toxic Reef, featuring Siew Chu Kirk’s beautifully crafted giant orange plastic-bag coral and a grove of Clare O’Callaghan’s blue anemones made from New York Times’ plastic wrappers. Hanging behind are hot-pink and black Yelly-Yarn kelps by Kathleen Greco.

The Branched Anemone Garden, one of the IFF’s first-ever crochet coral installations, features branching trees by Christine and Margaret Wertheim. Above hangs a flock of exquisite knitted wire sea creatures by our celebrated UK contributor Anita Bruce.

The ‘Natural History’ exhibition case featured contributions from the IFF’s most skilled Core Reef Crafters. Included here are coral towers by Arlene Mintzer (from her ‘Garden of Aqua Flora’ Collection), beaded pseudospheres by Sue Von Ohlsen, tiny beaded byzantine corals by Rebecca Peapples, beaded kelps by Sarah Simons, plastic-water-bottle corals by Nadia Severns, and knitted wire sea creatures by Anita Bruce (from here ‘Mutation Series’ collection).

Another ‘Natural History’ case demonstrates the endless and surprising diversity of coral made by our contributors. At left, the bold fluorescents of Ildiko Szabo and Anitra Menning are supplemented by a beautiful piece of vintage crochet arranged into a tower.  Nearby, hang several whimsical ‘jellyfish’ by Arlene Mintzer, who has ingeniously incorporated colorful plastic hair ornaments into forms made from black plastic Jelly-Yarn. At right are the subtle hues of Mieko Fukuhara’s tiny staghorn corals displayed on an embroidered napkin along with a copy of Sara Simon’s exquisite “Diatom Book” (a miniature hand-made volume of classical crochet doily patterns.)

Here, a specially-curated version of the Ladies Silurian Reef is presented as a gracefully sprawling mound with Cat-in-the-Hat overtones. Featuring giant orange corals by Christine Wertheim, white spires by Evelyn Hardin, pale-pink anemone grove by Heather McCarren, carnation coral mound (at left) by Marianne Middelberg, giant diatom (at top right) by Scottsdale Reef crafters.

The Smithsonian Community Reef, a true masterpiece of collective participatory art that includes contributions from 850 citizens from all walks of life. The SCR was organized by Jennifer Lindsay during the period of March-October 2010.

When the IFF arrived in D.C. to begin installing the exhibition, we discovered the Museum had found its own method of storing contributions to the Smithsonian Community Reef!

For more information about the SCR please see its dedicated Satellite Reef webpage.

We will soon be adding more images of this spectacular work – Stay Tuned.