A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few people near us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
- Albert Einstein
You guys I just learned about this incredible project that these badass twin sisters started (one is a physicist the other is an artist) and I just have to share because it pretty much stands at the crossroads of so many of my favorite things in life: art, science, ocean life and math. The concepts behind the project are pretty complex I did my best to whittle down the explanation keep reading if you're a secret science nerd 🤓 The “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef,” is a unique exhibition and thought-provoking fusion of science, conservation, mathematics, and art, created and curated by Margaret and Christine Wertheim. Climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, invasive species, and pollution threaten the very existence of coral reefs around the world. As the name suggests, the “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” also incorporates the world of mathematics. Throughout the ocean, the diverse forms of kelps, corals, and sea slugs are variations of a geometric form known as hyperbolic space. Mathematicians had long believed this type of geometry was impossible to represent physically, even though it has existed within nature for hundreds of millions of years. Finally, in 1997, Cornell University’s Daina Taimina realized that models of hyperbolic space could be created using crochet.
The Wertheims, inspired by the Great Barrier Reef in their native Queensland, Australia, harnessed this discovery and started crocheting a coral reef. For the past five years they have been working with communities all over the world to build a global network of crochet reefs that has become an ongoing collective experiment. #scienceartismyfavoriteart
Rimba Rug: this design has two intertwined vines, one dark, one light. The stems of both form an aperiodic, plane-filling curve, and both avoid intersection, although there are some short branches. It is based on the new five-fold tiling I shared a couple of months ago. I like its awkward energy and rhythm, it feels exuberant and alive like a tropical jungle! This will be one of the rug collection developed with @therugmaker and @wohabeing for @maisonetobjet Paris in September
A two layer model with 5-fold antiprismatic symmetry.
The yellow piece symbolizes the individual's dependency on others in an increasingly connected world. Or, it symbolizes the fact that I ran out of red pieces.
It's been a while but we've been busy creating new and fun projects. Here's our newest piece! "A Love Letter to the Universe!" We finished it just in time for one of our favorite festivals. We're going to be working different sizes, color variations and much more! Stay tuned and let us know what you think or share the love!!