Art meets Science: Crochet installations

59 Over Here - Shane Waltener

Head in the clouds? You might enjoy these images from an extraordinary exhibition that took place in Paris earlier this year.

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Entitled 'Cumulus', it was the work of Argentinian architect Ciro Najle, and a collaboration between Le Laboratoire and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Le Laboratoire is a pioneering organisation that seeks to link up art with science, creating amazing work such as this.

The idea actually came from a project Le Laboratoire set up to explore design solutions to achieving wider and more equitable access to fresh water globally. The original project created fog nets, a way to capture water in arid locations. The transformation into clouds happened through a huge amount of maths (cumulus clouds are all fractal shapes), and 40 Argentinean craftswomen to construct the actual piece.

It reminds me of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef (HCCR), a project that originated in Los Angeles, but has been exhibited worldwide. There's a similar blending of science, art, and craft.

If you like that, you should also check out textile artist Shane Waltener, who creates beautiful and thought-provoking installations using crochet, weave, and other techniques.