WOW! I finally had the chance to see this AMAZING crochet exibit here in Los Angeles (Santa Monica at the Bergamot Station) before it left for Chicago. It's pretty stunning.
It's called the HYPERBOLIC CROCHET CORAL REEF by the INSTITUTE FOR FIGURING AND COMPANIONS. Apparently, it took tens of thousands of hours for hundreds of crocheters to make the pieces in the exhibit.
If you haven't heard of this one yet, let me try to explain it (but really, let the photos below show you)! It is a crocheted representation of the Great Barrier Reef, all done in crochet. Imagine all sort of colors, yarns in all different textures and plies (as well as other "recycled" materials), different crochet hook sizes, and different stitches ALL made to resemble natural sea plants, formations, and creatures.
Take a look at the photos. It was just very interesting and cool. Check it out if the exibit comes to you! It's rare to see crochet celebrated in this fashion!
Sorry for the LONG post - I edited the number of photos, but you can see that there was so much to look at. Viva crochet!