• Panorama Rouen 1431
    created by Yadegar Asisi in 2016
    photo © asisi

The Crochet Coral Reef Project

Thursday, 20 June 2024

Attention International Panorama Council 2024 Conference Attendees

The exhibition Thalassa, Thalassa! The Imagery of the Sea will be on view at the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts Lausanne, from 4.10/2024 – 12.1.2025. The opening reception is scheduled for October 3, 2024, 6:00 p.m., aligning with the IPC conference in Lausanne, October 2 – 4, 2024. The exhibition will include a major work, The Baden Baden Satellite Reef from the Crochet Coral Reef project by Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim. This vast immersive wooly environment is what the sisters call “the Sistine Chapel crochet reefs” and is the largest of more than 50 community-made crochet reefs that have been created around the world. Comprising over 40,000 coral pieces by 4,000 contributors across the German speaking world, the Baden Baden Satellite Reef was produced in conjunction with a project retrospective at Museum Frieder Burda. “At once a monumental work of feminine fiber art and a mathematically generated synthetic ecology,” the Crochet Reef endeavor marshals citizen-creativity to produce astonishing visual, conceptual and panoramic seascapes out of yarn and other fibers. This will be a special treat for IPC conference attendees while in Lausanne.

—Lisa Stone