Gearing Up to Yarn Bomb Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge


Design Sketch for the Yarnbombing of the Andy Warhol Bridge

It seems that yarnbombing is just getting bigger and bigger, both in terms of popularity and the size of the projects. There’s been a museum bombed in LA, a bus bombed in Mexico City and a tank bombed in Dresden. But the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh may be planning the most ambitious project yet: yarnbombing a bridge. Now we are not talking about quaint little covered bridge straddling a creek somewhere, we are talking about the 1000 foot Andy Warhol Bridge which spans the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh to the Northside. The plan is to cover the bridge with a series of 34” x 72” knit and crochet panels. About 600 panels in all. That’s over 10,000 square feet of knit and crochet!

The project is the brainchild of Amanda Gross, 29, of East Liberty, who is now the lead artist on the project. She conceived of the yarnbombing as a way to celebrate Fiberart International 2013, a juried exhibition of fiber art  which attracts some of the world’s most renowned fiber artists.  The project will not only mark the festival, but will also celebrate the city of Pittsburgh, the most bridged city in country, with over 450 bridges within the city limits!

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.

Knit and crochet panels for the project are due June 1. See the Knit the Bridge website for information on how to get involved in the project- they are still looking for lots of volunteers! Fiberart International will run from April 19 through August. It will be located at  the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and at the Society For Contemporary Craft. No word yet on exactly when the bridge will make its debut, but it will be sometime this summer.

I can’t wait! I’ll definitely be making a trip to Pittsburgh to see it!

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