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Coral reefs, with their vibrant colors, intricate, intertwined shapes
and textured, tangled surfaces, are the central theme and motif of the
Australian twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim (born in 1958 in
Brisbane). As natural scientists, they analyze the aesthetics of
mathematical theories and biological phenomena. In 2005, they set up the
“Institute for Figuring (IFF)” in Los Angeles specifically for this
purpose. Its aim is to promote public understanding of the poetic and
aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and technology – while
simultaneously raising awareness of the needs of nature and the
In their works, the two sisters combine the traditional craft of crochet with the beauty of maritime ecosystems and their complex algorithmic structures. The result is a participative and collective overall work of art – which also serves to enhance our appreciation of the endangered and enchanting beauties beneath our oceans.
In conjunction with this central project “Crochet Coral Reef” their lifework of art is now being honored in Germany for the first time with a comprehensive exhibition.
A new “Satellite Reef” will take shape at the museum in Baden-Baden.