Detail of The People’s Reef, crocheted by the citizens of New York and Chicago, at Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles.

Photo by Francine McDougall for the Institute For Figuring

Satellite Reefs

In addition to the Core Collection of reefs constructed by Christine and Margaret Wertheim, the Crochet Coral Reef project encompasses a community program in which citizens of various cities and countries construct their own local reefs. As of early 2020, more than 40 Satellite Reefs have been made worldwide, including in Chicago, New York, London, Melbourne, Santa Cruz (California), Scottsdale (Arizona), Madison (Wisconsin), England, Ireland, Latvia, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates. More than 10,000 people – mostly women – have contributed to this ever-growing woolen archipelago. The first Satellite Reef was constructed in 2007 by the citizens of Chicago, hosted by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum and the Chicago Humanities Festival. Below is a chronological list of all Satellite Reefs, along with their hosting institutions.

If your organization would like to start a Satellite Reef, please send us a formal inquiry. We welcome queries from different types of institutions at different scales. Some reefs are gigantic, others are small and intimate. Some involve a few dozen participants, others have engaged nearly a thousand people. At the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, more than 900 people contributed models from all 50 US states and a dozen other countries. At the Museum Kunst der Westküste on the island of Fohr off the coast of Germany, over 700 citizens across Germany and Denmark, plus people in the Netherlands, participated in the project. Far-flung contributors send in their models by post. Satellite Reefs have been made at museums, galleries, civic centers, universities, colleges, libraries, and schools. The project has also been enacted in a women’s prison and in a girl’s juvenile detention center.

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Chronological List Of Satellite Reefs

2019

  • Lehigh Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Lehigh University Art Galleries, Bethlehem Pennsylvania

2018

  • Eindhoven Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • West Valley College Satellite Reef – Hosted by West Valley College, Saratoga CA.

2016

  • UC Santa Cuz Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UCSC
  • UW La Crosse School Reef – Hosted by the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
  • Del Rio Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Del Rio Council for the Arts, Del Rio, TX

2015

  • San Antonio Satellite Reef – Hosted by Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
  • Minneapolis Satellite Reef – Hosted by Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
  • St. Michael’s Collegiate School Reef – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2014

  • Föhr at Deustches Museum Satellite Reef – Munich, Germany
  • Zagreb
  • Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef – Hosted by Caloundra Regional Gallery
  • Methodist Ladies’ College School Reef – Victoria, Australia

2013

  • Manchester Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Manchester Museum
  • Baltimore Satellite Reef – Hosted by Gallery CA and Neighborhood Fiber Co.
  • Denver Satellite Reef – Hosted by the Denver Art Museum, CO
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Satellite Reef – Hosted by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute

2012

  • Föhr Reef – Hosted by the Museum Kunst der Westküste, Germany
  • St. Petersburg Satellite Reef – Hosted by Florida Craftsman
  • Roanoke Valley Reef – Hosted by Roanoke College, Virginia

2011

  • Asheville Reef – Hosted by the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (North Carolina)
  • Lake Bonneville Reef – Hosted by Brolly Arts (Utah)
  • Pennington School Reef
  • Maine Reef – Hosted by The West Oxford Agricultural Society
  • Roanoke Valley Reef – Hosted by Roanoke College
  • Vassar College Reef – Hosted by Vassar College
  • RiAus Adelaide Reef – Hosted by Royal Institution of Australia

2010

  • Irish Reef – Hosted by The Science Gallery, Trinity College
  • Cape Town Reef – Hosted by Woodstock Art Center
  • Indianapolis Reef – Hosted by Indiana State Museum
  • Gainesville, Florida Reef – Hosted by University of Florida Library
  • Smithsonian Community Reef – Hosted by Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

2009

  • Scottsdale Reef (Arizona) – Hosted by Scottsdale Public Art
  • Scarsdale Middle School Reef – Scarsdale NY
  • Sydney Reef – Hosted by In Stitches art collective
  • Fukuoka Reef – Hosted by Museum Lab, Japan
  • Latvian Reef and Latvian Schools Reef – Hosted by Gallerie Consentio (Riga)
  • Albany Reef (Western Australia) – Hosted by MIX Artists collective

2008

  • New York Reef – Hosted by the New York Institute of the Humanities, the New York Crochet Guild and the Harlem Knitting Circle.
  • UK Reef – Hosted by the Southbank Center and the Crafts Council
  • Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School Reef – San Jose, CA

2007

  • Chicago Reef – Hosted by the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the Chicago Humanities Festival.
Reef sculptures in gallery

Irish Satellite Reef at Science Gallery, Dublin.

Photo © Institute For Figuring.