Friday, October 11, 2013

Knit the Bridge Party

In late August, a group called Knit the Bridge organized the United State's largest yarn bombing. They covered most surfaces of the giant Andy Warhol Bridge with a rainbow of colors. We have a feeling Andy would have approved. 

Each blanket was hand-knit or crocheted by volunteers, who then came together to sew their blankets onto the bridge for the installation. When the time came for the blankets to be taken down, they were to be laundered and donated to local homeless and animal shelters to help keep everyone warm for the winter. 

The Andy Warhol bridge was turned into a massive, fantastic, hand-made art project. 

On August 28, the bridge was closed to vehicle traffic for the Knit the Bridge party. 

It was so neat to see the bridge, an industrial, utilitarian structure and component of everyday life, turned into a space for gathering and art. 

An incredible amount of work went into crafting all these blankets by a small team of dedicated volunteers! 

In the center of the bridge, local arts organizations set up booths. Many of them offered fun craft projects for kids and adults. There were also local food vendors and live music in multiple locations along the bridge. 

Mom and Dad enjoyed the day along with Dave and I. 

Kids couldn't have been happier to spend the day playing on the colorful bridge. 

The culmination of the really cool Knit the Bridge party was the even cooler Yoga on the Bridge. Almost an hour before yoga was supposed to start, nearly all the space was full and participants were mat-to-mat. 

The entire Knit the Bridge party, including yoga, was completely free! 

Yoga on the Bridge was so popular, I hope it becomes a Pittsburgh tradition. 


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