Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA CO2LA Ocean at Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA CO2LA Ocean at Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery

The Crochet Coral Reef project, by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring, responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. Residing at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft, and community art practice, the Crochet Coral Reef highlights not only the damage humans do to the earth's environment, but also our power for positive action. The project constitutes an elegiacally beautiful, artistically complex, and socially powerful way to bring citizens together around a devastating ecological challenge—the survival of the coral reefs and marine ecologies throughout the world.  

Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring  
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
February 10 - May 6, 2017

The Crochet Coral Reef has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Museum of Art and Design (New York), the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), the Hayward Gallery (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC). 

In addition to the exhibition Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, related programming includes the creation of the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef, crocheted by UCSC students alongside faculty, staff and Santa Cruz community members. This latest addition to an ever-evolving wooly archipelago of crochet reefs worldwideis showing at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center through October 2017. 

Crochet Coral Reef: CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean and the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef are sponsored by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery and the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The Institute of the Arts and Sciences is part of UC Santa Cruz’s Arts Division. It is an interdisciplinary programming unit, which creates public exhibitions, public events, publications, and collaborations with faculty and students, aligning with UCSC’s teaching and research. The Sesnon Gallery encourages interdisciplinary discourse through the lens of the arts. 

More information about the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef available here.

 

Press about the UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef and the Crochet Coral Reef exhibition at the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery:

Ideas.Ted.Com "Gallery: What happens when you mix math, coral and crochet? It’s mind-blowing"

Scientific America "How to Crochet a Coral Reef--and Why"

One Green Planet "This Interactive Exhibit is Encouraging People to Crochet … to Save Coral Reefs"

UC Santa Cruz Newscenter "Institute of Arts and Sciences launches UC Santa Cruz Satellite Reef project"

Santa Cruz Sentinel "The ‘Crochet Coral Reef’ at UCSC brings together mathematics, nature and an underappreciated artform" 

Santa Cruz Good Times "Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit Combines Crafts and Conservation"

UC Santa Cruz Newscenter "Crochet coral reef exhibition to open Feb. 10 at Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery"

UC Santa Cruz Newscenter "Reef Madness: A coral grows at UC Santa Cruz"

Santa Cruz Sentinel "Local hands contribute to UCSC coral reef crochet exhibit"