Knitting Pittsburgh Communities Together, One Bridge at a Time
What is Knit the Bridge, Pittsburgh?
Knit the Bridge was a vision for a grassroots, community-led arts project that brought the many diverse communities of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania together to create a large-scale, aesthetically stunning, fiberarts installation on a bridge in Pittsburgh.
In conjunction with Fiberart International 2013, the intention of Knit the Bridge was to celebrate the history of Pittsburgh as a city of bridges and steel as well as the region’s thriving contemporary arts scene. As accessible craft forms, these community-engaged fiberart traditions were used to knit together strong, healthy, creative communities.
Working with the keepers of the bridge and the Office of Public Art, Our organization received permission to install and ensure success and safety of this project as it progressed.
What is Yarn Bombing and we choose this technique to create a large scale community-wide project?
Coming out of the street art and contemporary craft movements, yarn bombing is a fun, bright, beautiful way to celebrate public space. Unlike graffiti, yarn bombing can be done without any damage to historic structures and is temporary and easily removable.