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Published on September 20th, 2009 | by Lucille Chi


The Growing Coral Craft Project to Save Endangered Sea Coral

Upon window gazing in San Francisco, this immense coral yarn sculpture reminded me of one of the most unique, and unusual TED Talks I’ve ever seen and it’s about coral yarn crochet. In this TED (Technology and Entertainment Design) talk, Margaret Wertheim shares the coral project she started with her twin sister that is all about crocheting the coral reef.

The idea of this yarn filled coral sculpture garden is inspired by endangered sea coral, the ancient art of domestic handicrafts, and the new discoveries in mathematics by Dr. Daina Taimina on the beautiful math of coral.

When you feel like watching something both unusual and educational then check out this beautiful TED talk about Crocheting to Save Endangered Sea Coral that we’re talking about. Conceptual, contemporary, environmental art at it’s best, I’m in awe of this creative collective of crafters.

Ideas like this inspire new “knitting and crocheting for a cause” movements. In this project and traveling exhibition, there are so many types of unique sea corals to explore. The idea of knitting little colorful, and textural coral specimens into art, that’s both sculptural and wearable is exquisite.

Image One by Lucille Chi

Image Two and Three are screen-shots from of the above TED Talk.

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About the Author

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level. Sustainability studies: & B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science. Contact: lucillechi (at)

7 Responses to The Growing Coral Craft Project to Save Endangered Sea Coral

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  3. Rose says:

    They look an awful lot like mop heads.

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  5. Lucille Chi says:

    Haaahaa maybe if you’re mopping up bright red dye Rose. Each one is actually completely different. The first image is not part of the project, yet the screen-shots from the video show the diversity of crocheted corals on display.

  6. jewel says:

    that looks crazycool! it blows my mind

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