An Epic Yarn Bombing

The weekend of August 10th, the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania went through a colorful change as it became the site of the largest yarn bombing in the United States. (For anyone who doesn’t know what a yarn bombing is, it’s a type of street art that uses yarn to cover items such as statues, posts, and other public objects.)


Originally most yarn bombings were secret acts of guerrilla street art, but this instance was carefully planned by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. Led by artist Amanda Gross, 1,847 volunteers created and installed 580 colorful panels on the pedestrian walkways, knitted sleeves on the railings, and around 3,000 feed of machine-knitted fabric on the towers. The resulting yarn bomb is beautiful, vibrant, and a testimony to community cooperation. (We're sure Mr. Warhol would have approved of such a thing on a bridge bearing his name.)

 

If you’re in the area and want to see this beautiful art display in person (and have some fun with fellow fiber fans) there will be a community party this Sunday, August 25th, on the bridge from 3–7 pm. There will be lots of art and craft activities for all ages and an opportunity to experience the installation up close and personal. If you can’t make the party this week, the installation will be up until September 6, and if you can’t make it to Pittsburgh to see it in person, you can see lots of beautiful photos of the decorated bridge and the work it took to create it on the Knit the Bridge blog

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