Coral reefs around the world are being destroyed by global warming. In response to this environmental tragedy, artist sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim have created a body of work based on the resources of traditional needlework techniques. Their crocheted coral reefs represent a spatial simulation of colours and shapes inspired by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef: a collective act of artistic production that has involved thousands of people around the globe, an aesthetic symbiosis of art, science, mathematics and collective practice that is based on the infinite possibilities of creative handwork.
The project was first presented to the international art public at the Venice Biennale 2019. Now the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is presenting a comprehensive homage to the work of the two artists in the form of an installation that virtually “sprawls” into the entire house. Udo Kittelmann, artistic director of the museum, developed the exhibition in close collaboration with the Wertheim sisters.
he world’s coral reefs are under threat The Great Barrier Reef, the first living thing visible from space due to its immense size, covers 344,000 square kilometres. But in recent decades, 60% of this maritime wonder has succumbed to coral bleaching, with vast areas of once vibrant life now dead. Traditional pressures from overfishing, tourism and agricultural runoff are now compounded by …
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Image above: Christine and Margaret Wertheim, Baden-Baden Satellite Reef, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden