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Science writer Margaret Wertheim creates amazing and beautiful installations of coral made from crochet. It’s a project that has really taken off and spawned satellite coral reefs in art galleries around the world. Margaret talks about the maths, the science and the environmental motivation behind her work.

John Henderson takes a look at Herb & Dorothy screening at the Academy Cinema. Here’s the blurb:

He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With modest means, this couple managed to build one of the most important modern art collections in history. Meet Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and commitment defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.


Every year daylight savings is a riddle that has to be solved again. Is it back, forwards, will it be lighter or darker? Tax cuts on April 1st, is the joke on us? John Key’s car goes to a good cause but he’ll be hoping they behave themselves with it. Will a surcharge on plastic bags rid us of them? How brilliant was the 24 hour sculpture in Wellington over the weekend and TVNZ ban Facebook and Gumtree.

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What is that pile of junk in the corner? A new picture book called Let’s Get Art aims to provoke thought on contemporary art. Featuring the work of some of the hottest young contemporary artists (Michael Parekowhai, Yvonne Todd and Shane Cotton to name a few) it is a mix of photos of art and illustrations by up-and-coming artist John Ward Knox and text by lecturer and art educator Brad Irwin.

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