Crochet Coral Reef turns 10

The IFF’s Crochet Coral Reef project is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the announcement of two new forthcoming exhibitions: one in Spring 2017 at the University of California, Santa Cruz; the other at a soon-to-be announced location for Fall 2016.

Over the past decade the Crochet Coral Reef project has evolved into one of the largest participatory art and science endeavors on the planet and – we are proud to say – one of the very few that specifically brings science and mathematics to women.

With its unique nexus of mathematics, handicraft, community art practice and environmentalism the Crochet Coral Reef project opens a window into STEM subjects for women around the world.

AbuDhabi-wide copy

During the past 10 years, more than two million people have visited Crochet Coral Reef exhibitions, including at the Hayward Gallery in London, Science Gallery in Dublin, Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. In 2015, the Reef was exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, alongside the Leonardo da Vinci Leicester Codex.

More than 8000 women in a dozen countries on 5 continents have participated with us in making an ever-evolving wooly archipelago of community-based Satellite Reefs. This ongoing socio-artistic happening simultaneously engages women with the foundations of geometry and the problems of climate change while calling forth their creative energies. Satellite Reefs have now been constructed in 35 cities and countries around the globe, including Chicago, New York, London, Melbourne, Germany, Latvia, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates (seen here at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute).