New York University will host Christine Wertheim, the co-founder of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project, for a public lecture on Sat., March 1, 1-2:30 p.m. at NYU’s Barney Building (Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant St. [between 9th and 10th Sts.]). Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
Coral reefs around the world are dying off at rate faster than the rain forests, a development many attribute to global warming. In response, Australian twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim of the Institute for Figuring have put out a call for citizen craftspeople to help fashion a giant, exponentially expanding, crocheted coral reef, which has been called global warming’s equivalent of the AIDS Quilt project and which was inspired by the Great Barrier Reef of the twins’ homeland.
In addition to the lecture, Christine Wertheim will lead workshops on March 1 and March 2 to teach the skills needed to create your own woolly reef (Sat., March 1, 3-6 p.m. and Sun. March 2, 12-4 p.m. at NYU’s Barney Building.
Both the lecture and the workshops are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call 212.998.2100 or visit www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/nyih. To RSVP for the workshops, email Kaila Bulfin at firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Coral Reef RSVP” in the subject heading and your name and contact information in the body of the message.
The event is co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.