Essential Pittsburgh
3:52 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

As Knit the Bridge Gets Underway, A Community Effort Is Revealed

After participating in the successful yarn bombing of an area downtown, Amanda Gross had the idea to do something larger. As a result, Gross and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh are graduating from trees and telephone poles to knitting the Andy Warhol bridge this weekend.

“It was just a really positive experience,” observes Gross. “So I thought, why not do a bridge?”

Yarn bombing is part of the guerilla art movement, and the process amounts to a temporary, impermanent form of graffiti.

Gross views Knit the Bridge as a form of community collaboration between the 1,870 participants in the project. Despite logistical challenges, the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh has kept track of each knitted panel, including details on who contributed to the panel and on the panel’s community of origin.

The bridge will be knit this weekend from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and is set to remain in place until September 7th.