and Modalities: A Conversation with Margaret Wertheim
by Sarah Tanguy
At first the vastness overwhelms; the colors, diversity, intricacy, and textures bedazzle. Only later does the realization set in that these fantastical crocheted coral reefs bear an urgent ecological message. Some are based on photographs, but most are pure imaginative improvisations. The masterminds behind the project are twins Margaret and Christine Wertheim, and the underlying protagonist is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s living wonders. The sisters grew up in Brisbane, Queensland, home of the Great Barrier Reef, and moved to the United States in 1991. As Margaret notes, the Reef weighs heavily on the consciousness of Queenslanders because it’s under attack...see the entire article in the print version of January/February's Sculpture magazine.