Chicago Cultural Center: The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project

The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project is on view at the [tag]Chicago Cultural
Center [/tag]until December 16th. This show is a stunning use of craft to make a wondrous work of art. Created as a collaborative crochet piece, the long coral-like re-creations explode with color, form, and texture that are tantalizing to the eyes. As you walk into the room displaying the coral reef project, you are met with two long stunning colorful replications of the Great Barrier Reef, which lies off the cost of Australia. Hanging on the walls are splendid dynamic colorful forms of the reef that are just majestic. In the second room is a display of jelly fish hanging from the walls and an example of a collaborative piece made by Chicagoland contributors.

Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef. NASA Satellite Photo.


The Hyperbolic Crochet Reef Project has a more serious message than just presenting the natural wonders of beauty in nature. The Great Barrier Reef is in great danger of becoming extinct, and scientists have predicted it may not exist at all in 30 years. It has been proven that 3,000 miles of the Great Barrier Reef dies off each year, at an alarming rate which is five times greater than the destruction of the Rain Forest. A man-made disaster has been created in the Pacific and is referred to as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which has accumulated 50 years of plastic, which is non-biodegradeable; it is now the size of Texas and 30 miles deep, replacing what was once a natural beauty of earth.

Twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim initiated this project to make people fully aware of the cost of being wasteful and not recycling. I have begun recycling again myself since the City of Chicago has begun its Blue Cart recycling program, and in a week, 90% of my waste is recyclable cardboard and plastic. I encourage people to see this beautiful creation at the Cultural Center and begin recycling if they are not already doing so.

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