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16 Instagrams From Pittsburgh's Knit The Bridge Project Install

In conjunction with Fiberart International 2013, Knit the Bridge celebrates 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 knit together strong, healthy, creative communities.

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1. North Shore Tower Goes Up

Day 2, Early Morning, North Shore SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram user @teamredheadcostumes

Day 2, Early Morning, North Shore Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram user @teamredheadcostumes

2. Sewing Late Into the Night

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @dapperdawn

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @dapperdawn

3. Volunteer Sweat Shop Workers

Day 2, Down River, North Shore SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @fleddy05

Day 2, Down River, North Shore Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @fleddy05

4. Just the Beginning

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @cupkaties

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @cupkaties

5. Blankets and Baskets

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @gafnerkm1

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @gafnerkm1

6. The Project Begins in the Pre-Dawn Hours

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @davidtroyer

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @davidtroyer

7. Preparing the Tower Installation

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @905wesa

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @905wesa

8. Installing on the North Shore Side of the Bridge, Day 2

Day 2, Down River, North Shore SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @spacelion_bear

Day 2, Down River, North Shore Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @spacelion_bear

9. Many Hands Make Light Work

Day 1, Up River, Downtown SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @corblue

Day 1, Up River, Downtown Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @corblue

10. Hanging Off of the Bridge

Day 1, Up River, Downtown SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @corblue

Day 1, Up River, Downtown Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @corblue

11. In the Zone

Day 2, Down River, North Shore SidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @sarsoko

Day 2, Down River, North Shore Side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @sarsoko

12. Sewing and Smiling

Day 1, Mid-day, down river, downtown sidePhoto Courtesy of Instagram User @sarsoko

Day 1, Mid-day, down river, downtown side

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @sarsoko

13. Line 'em Up

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @mariasilvestri

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @mariasilvestri

14. View from Down River

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @mariasilvestri

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @mariasilvestri

15. Lead Artist Amanda Gross Surveys the Project

North Shore Tower Goes Up, Day 1Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @davidtroyer

North Shore Tower Goes Up, Day 1

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @davidtroyer

16. The Final Product

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @beth_k

Photo Courtesy of Instagram User @beth_k

More than 1,800 knitters and crocheters pulled together to make nearly 600 blankets to help cover the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA over the weekend of August 10-11. Hundreds of hours of work went into this record-breaking project spanning the Allegheny River at 7th Street. For more info: KnitTheBridge.wordpress.com.

These blankets will all be laundered at the end of the project and then depending on their condition, donated to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters.

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