Last week was the launch of the RiAus Adelaide Reef – a satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. The project combines science, craft, and environmentalism, using crochet to replicate the hyperbolic geometry of corals. More than 250 crafters contributed to the Adelaide Reef, including me and my Mum.
Mum and I have been busily crocheting coral over the past few months, playing with different patterns and textures. It was a great de-stashing experience; we made coral from donated wool, random balls of yarn and even unravelled jumpers. By the closing date for submissions, we had a pretty good pile of coral on our hands:
However, once we saw the reef in person, our pile of crochet looked very tiny indeed! The coral fills an entire room; it’s climbing walls, sprawling along shelves, growing in the corners, spiralling around pillars and dripping from the ceilings. It is absolutely STUNNING:
There was so much going on, it was a serious challenge to find the pieces we’d made! I’m so pleased to have been part of this project – it really is a massive collection of collaborative AWESOME!
The exhibition is on until September 7th at The Science Exchange (55 Exchange Place, Adelaide). It’s open 10am until 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and until 8pm on Friday. Entry is free, exhibit is spectacular, and if you’re local, you should definitely check it out!