Knitted Corals, A Jellyfish Light And A Song

By Daniel de la Calle

Looking for news about Ocean Acidification tends to be devastating, feels like swimming in a sea of storms in the quest of a single ray of light.  Each hand stroke leaves you caught between the huge waves of poisoned destruction and that those fruitless political name calling all matters environmental have become.  While being sucked in by a whirlpool today I discovered a wool thread to hold on to, a mesmerizing light in which to rest my eyes and an catchy beat that brought me back to the surface.  Had it not been for creativity I would have drowned.

»Czech designer Kateřina Smolíková has created an awe-inspiring lamp with energy efficient LEDs. 

She is a student at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and her “Skyphos 1” light piece has already won a student design award.
Information found on

»In 2005 two California sisters decided to crochet back coral reefs.  Margaret and Christina Wertheim had the idea and formed The Institute for Figuring, but soon many other women joined in this “woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.” 

Margaret Wertheim/The Institute For Figuring

The Institute For Figuring
Read more about the project HERE.
The NPR piece where I found out about the Institute For Figuring.

Margaret Wertheim/The Institute For Figuring

»Daniel Macaco: “SOS, floating in the Air…
Seas, seas, seas, seas, land of seas
The World drowns in its own sea…”

More To Explore