PITTSBURGH, PA, USA – “What’s amazing about this project is how many people it’s brought together. Thinking of the bridge as a metaphor, it’s bridging differences and getting people to meet each other,” Knit the Bridge co-director Penny Mateer said.
“This project has over 1,800 people … not just [in] Allegheny County, but Westmoreland and beyond, people who just got together to hang out and knit and crochet, or learn how to do it.”
“This is a year-and-a-half in the making,” said Mrs. Mateer, who said the selection of the Warhol Bridge was fitting, in that it’s the only one in this country named for a visual artist.
The roughly $100,000 project, created by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh as part of its current triennial exhibition and funded through various endowments and individual donations, brought together skeins of volunteers Sunday who whip-stitched the 72-by-34-inch acrylic panels with nylon thread.
When the installation is removed, the blanket panels will be cleaned and, depending on condition, donated to homeless shelters, senior citizen centers and animal rescue groups.
August 25 – September 5, 2013