CHRISTINE AND MARGARET WERTHEIM The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. The Föhr Reef

10. June 2012 to 16. September 2012

This exhibition presents the The Föhr Reef, a collective artwork created at the Museum Kunst der Westküste during January to June 2012. The crocheted coral reef for the island of Föhr is part of an international art project called The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef that was developed by the Australian twin sisters Christine and Margaret Wertheim. In 2005, the two sisters founded the Institute For Figuring in Los Angeles, which is dedicated to the aesthetics of mathematical and scientific theories. In the crocheted coral reef, the tradition-steeped technique of needlework is linked to the endangered beauty of marine ecosystems and to complex mathematical structures to create a participatory work of art. All those involved act as artists and have a say in deciding on the form of the coral reef. At the same time, the The Föhr Reef makes a pointed ecological statement. The Föhr Reef is a cross-border German-Danish project and includes the Landfrauen Verein Föhr and the Strikkecafé of the Danish Museum Sønderjylland among its participating organisations and individuals. In addition to The Föhr Reef, other crocheted underwater organisms of the Institute For Figuring are exhibited, including The Bleached Bone Reef and The Branched Anemone Garden.