This weekend, as planned, the needle-wielding collective known as Knit the Bridge took over the Andy Warhol Bridge in the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, sheathing it in some 600 blankets. The bridge was closed to traffic all weekend while an army of volunteers affixed all that yarn to its railings and towers.
The two-day-long knit-a-thon coincided with the week of what would have been Andy Warhol’s 85th birthday, which his namesake institution celebrated in markedly more morbid fashion — by training a webcam on the artist’s grave site.
“Everybody is jubilant,” the group’s technical adviser, Jenny Tabrum, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the day before the yarn-bombing, said to be the largest ever in the U.S. “The excitement is palpable in the air because everybody is thrilled that it’s finally happening.”
In order for the bridge to be reopened in time for Monday morning commuters, the entire ephemeral art project needed to be taken down by Sunday night. “It better be,” Tabrum said on Friday.
— Benjamin Sutton
(All photos via Knit the Bridge/Twitter.)