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A satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project created by Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles.
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The Gainesville reef

The UF Marston Science Library hosted a satellite reef exhibit from April through October 2011.

In partnership with the Institute for Figuring, we crocheted "a coral reef: a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world."

Crocheted corals remain on display in our tower on the main floor.

Follow other satellite reefs on the IFF website.

Contact for details.

From the IFF

  • video: Margaret Wertheim
    IFF co-founder discusses the use of crochet to illustrate hyperbolic geometry and its role in coral creation. Includes images of corals and reefs.

Origins of Crocheted Hyperbolic Plane

Dr. Daina Taimina, a mathematician at Cornell, is the creator of the crocheted hyperbolic plane.  Here is an interview with her and she has just written a book, "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes."

Here is a link to an early article about the topic "Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane" in Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol.23, No.2, Spring 2001, p.17-28


Featuring the bleached reef


The west end of the reef has bleached due to environmental stress.


The bleached end looks beautiful but masks damage.


See more reef photos on the April tab!


photos by Barbara Hood


Bleached reefs: background

Display signage (opens with PowerPoint)

is taken from:  A Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching compiled by Paul Marshall and Heidi Schuttenberg for NOAA, IUCN, and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority


display tower

A display tower, in memory of Deborah Herbstman, will continue to display corals after the exhibit is completed.

The bottom shelf features corals crocheted by Carol Forbes of Australia.

photo by Bill Hanssen


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