We’d definitely like to give a shout out today for all the folks who participated in the Knit the Bridge project in downtown Pittsburgh, which was installed this past weekend. The yarn bombing of the 1000 foot long Andy Warhol bridge is the largest yarn bombing to date in the US! The project was spearheaded by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, which raised over $100,000 and enlisted over 1,800 volunteers in the mammoth effort. Why did they want to yarn bomb a bridge? The bridge as fiber art is intended to celebrate both Fiberart International 2013, a juried exhibition of fiber art which attracts some of the world’s most renowned fiber artists, and the city of Pittsburgh, which is the most bridged city in country, with over 450 bridges within the city limits! “Knit the Bridge” is also a wonderful symbol of community spirit and connection, something that Pittburgh is known for.
The Andy Warhol Bridge was chosen because it commemorates the iconic visual artist , who hailed from nearby McKeesport. It ties downtown Pittsburgh to the culturally rich Northside, home of the Andy Warhol Museum, the National Aviary, Carnegie Science Center and the Mexican War Streets Historic District.
When the installation is removed in a month or so, the blankets will be cleaned and donated to homeless shelters, senior citizen centers and animal rescue groups.
I can’t wait to see it!!! Yet another reason to love my hometown!