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The Gainesville Florida Reef: The Reef - April 2011

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

Exhibit Opening Celebration

April 12, 2011
UF Marston Science Library


Dr. Kevin Knudson, Director of the Honors Program and Professor of Mathematics.  A gentle introduction to hyperbolic geometry.

Dr. Gustav Paulay, Curator of Marine Malacology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Associate Professor of Zoology.  A slideshow of corals and coral reefs.

Help build the reef

In partnership with the Institute for Figuring, we are "crocheting 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."

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

Contact for details.

From the IFF

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

April 2011: the first phase


the full colony


view from the lobby



jellyfish float above the coral



walk under the creatures suspended over the lobby

photos by Barbara Hood


a knitted octopus joins the crew


sea rods cast a shadow


a tube sponge anchors the crowd


twin jellyfish hover overhead


top-floating man-o-war and jellyfish

photos by Barbara Hood

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