Imagine my delight when I heard about the Knit CamBRIDGE project! The entire Main Street bridge in Cambridge, covered in knitting! Local coverage about this art installation has been quite plentiful – if you’d like to read the why’s and wherefore’s, please do check out these links:
I hadn’t really intended on going to see the bridge, live. I had seen and heard bits and pieces of the media coverage, and thought, “Wow, neat! Glad knitting is getting its 15 minutes of local fame, and some time in the limelight.” End of story. But then, bloggie reader Nicole FYI’d me that she had seen the knitted bridge, and thought I would really enjoy witnessing it up close and personal. A quick Google search later, I realized the bridge would be dismantled on September 27th. So I would have to hustle if I was going to go visit!
Happily, I finished up at the store at 3 pm today, thus allowing time for a little road trip for B and me. (Yes! B didn’t even complain about going to see art…knitted art, at that! I think yesterday’s squares worked their magic)!
So we set off for Cambridge.
[SIDENOTE: If you read about Recipe #27, you know my camera jumped into a sink of soapy water; happily, it still works perfectly! But lesson learned: do not pick up camera with slightly buttered fingers in the midst of washing dishes. One step at a time!]
In a nutshell, I am SO GLAD we made the effort to see the bridge! It’s striking and impressive in pictures, but even more zowie in real life! We spent a good 20 minutes wandering back and forth over the bridge to examine the exhibit.
Now, technically, the bridge is not covered in knitting – there are quite a few crocheted pieces mixed in, too. Normally, I am not AT ALL a fan of crochet; but in this case, the crocheted elements added greatly to the beauty of the overall piece. Something about the chunky texture really made the crocheted pieces “pop.” Here is a slide show, then, of our knitted bridge visit. Enjoy!
Not only are the individual creations unique, but I loved the construction of the covered bridge as an entirety – quite a feat to mount all the pieces to create ONE cohesive masterpiece.
Despite the gloomy weather (it’s been hideously windy all day, with splatters of rain and dashes of sunshine), there was quite a crowd at the bridge – all age groups and many nationalities represented!
I was really glad B came along – he had the idea of moving to the side of the river for this next shot:
I made sure to point out all the zipties to B – that’s more his media than yarn!
Some of the knitting was pretty elementary while some was detailed and full of artistry!
Animal themes abound…
All in all a HIGHLY satisfying late afternoon outing! I commend the City of Cambridge for supporting this initiative and applaud the artist-in-residence, Sue Sturdy, for her vision. The best part is how this project will play forward: after dismantling occurs on Sept 27th, the pieces will be washed and donated, or auctioned off for charity. Artistic philanthropy = awesomeness!
Totally inspired, I must now go create lace and watch my PVR’d season premier of Glee!