Pittsburgh Bridge is Bombed, With Yarn!

by Solange Castellar

Holy knit! The Andy Warhol Bridge is covered in beautiful yarn! This past weekend, more than 1,800 volunteer knitters covered Pittsburgh, PA’s Warhol Bridge in 580 blanket-sized panels of yarn. In total, volunteers used up about 3,000 feet in vibrant yarn, which feature an array of colorful designs. The hand-knit panels cover the pedestrian walkway of the downtown Pittsburgh bridge and larger knit panels cover the bridge’s towers.

A few of the panels featured on Pittsburgh’s AW Bridge.

Just look at those patterns!

Local 29-year-old fiber artist, Amanda Gross, came up with this brilliant and magnificent idea. It took Gross a total of 18 months to plan the entire project. The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, along with other local institutions, organized the project.

Gross said that volunteers ended up using acrylic yarn because wool is flammable, absorbs water, and tends to be a home for pests. More than 80 Pittsburgh neighborhoods and 120 townships of volunteers came together to work with architects, designers, riggers, and structural engineers, for the nation’s biggest “yarn bomb.” 

Pittsburghers knittin’ hard in the paint.

In the simplest terms, a yarn bomb is when knitters cover inanimate objects that tend to be outside. Y’know, like street signs, trees, fire hydrants. People better watch out before these Pittsburghers start covering cars and houses!

Treat yo’ self to a stroll along the bridge and peep the artwork!

If you’re in the downtown Pittsburgh area, I suggest y’all check it out! The Andy Warhol Bridge will be covered in yarn until September 6th.

Thanks to WTOP News

Images also from WTOP News

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