The original Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef was created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring, using the principles of hyperbolic crochet.  Their purpose was to bring attention to environmental issues affecting the Great Barrier Reef.  Hyperbolic crochet is a technique that replicates forms found in nature, such as coral, kelp, and various sea creatures.

The Coral Reef Project has grown, with satellite reefs in many places around the globe.  Our Lake Bonneville Crochet Reef will be a satellite reef, in partnership with the IFF.   Brolly Arts, The Great Salt Lake Institute, local artists and community members are working together to create this installation, to be exhibited in October of this year at Westminster.  The complete project will encompass art, science, math, and community outreach to create an event and exhibit that will bring awareness of the ecology and relevant current issues affecting the Great Salt Lake, the history of ancient Lake Bonneville, and the effects of climate change on the earth’s environment.  

If you are interested in helping to crochet the reef, we welcome your contributions.  You can add just a piece or two, or you can add as many pieces as you feel drawn to contribute.  Crocheters meet at the Tea Grotto at 2030 S 900 E in Salt Lake, every second and fourth Tuesday at 2:00pm, and every first and third Thursday at 7:00pm if you would like to join us there. 

Local artists and community members are currently working on the construction of the reef.  Throughout the summer and fall, we will also be working with children's groups and classrooms to teach about the Great Salt Lake, about coral reefs, like the Great Barrier Reef and reefs that existed in ancient Lake Bonneville, as well as how to create the hyperbolic crochet forms. The pieces the children create will be a part of the final exhibit.  

If you would like to participate in the creation of the reef by crocheting, or have any questions about this project, contact Bobbi for more information at slccoralreef[at]gmail[dot]com

We also are accepting any yarn or crochet hook donations, that we will use when going into the classrooms.

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