Friday, 13 June 2008

Hyperbolic crochet

Sorry, this post isn't a quilty one, but it's so interesting, I had to share it with you all. I heard an article on BBC Radio 4 the other day about hyperbolic crochet which was bizarre! Apparently, in advanced mathematics, there is a theory about hyperbolic space, but it's so complicated, no one has been able to make a model of it. Until, that is, US mathematician Daina Taimina realised that it was perfectly possible to make a model using crochet! Following on from that, academic sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim have developed this idea to make a model of the Great Barrier Reef using crochet (obviously, you knew that coral is formed in a hyperbolic way too). There is an exhibition of the reef at the Hayward gallery in London until August 17th.

Here are a couple of photos I found on The Guardian newspaper's site www.guardian.co.uk/arts/gallery/2008/jun/04/crochet.great.barrier.reef There are more photos there if you like the eye candy including one of a part with plastic bags and other rubbish - very true to life, I'd say.
Enjoy!

3 comments:

Melody said...

Thats for that link.I am going to do some looking around in it. Pretty intense crocheting for sure.

loulee1 said...

Amazing.

Diana said...

Wow, crocheting and mathematics colliding! The photos are amazing.