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Crochet Coral Reef: The Book

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The Crochet Coral Reef is a project created by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim of the Institute For Figuring, a Los-Angeles based non-profit that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and mathematical issues by putting people and communities at the core..

The Crochet Reef project resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Crochet Coral Reef installations have been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.). Seen by more than three million people, the Crochet Coral Reef is now one of the largest participatory science + art endeavors in the world.

Through its Satellite Reef program, the Institute For Figuring team has held workshops and lectures on five continents to teach the techniques of reef-making – plus the related science and mathematics – to local communities worldwide. Since 2005, the IFF has been actively building this global network that currently includes some 8000 citizens in a dozen countries. The IFF welcomes new participants to the project and provides guidelines for doing so here.

The IFF welcomes new participants to the project and provides guidelines for doing so here.