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Wednesday
Sep122012

The Knitterati Strike Again...

You may remember the work of The Knitterati, who back in the fall of 2011, yarn bombed dozens of trees along the Atlanta BeltLine in fabulous fashion. Well, they're at it again, and this time they're doubling down on their wild side...

These are the BeltLine Beasties. From left to right, you'll find a sea creature in blue tones, a "big cat" in reds, oranges and yellows and a fuzzy, striped caterpiller in purples, grays and pinks. Knitterati member, Sandy Tyler explains their thought process, "Since last year's installation was more organic, we wanted to cover and soften something more industrial. We looked at fences and bridges and settled on a bridge spanning Sasseen Street in Reynoldstown." 

Sandy, "There's a lot of mythology about crossing bridges and references in fairy tales, and this led us to want to create creatures for our section of the BeltLine."

If you live in intown Atlanta, you probably care quite a bit about the BeltLine, which someday will encompass a 22 mile loop around Atlanta. This extensive restorative project will include rail, trail, greenspace, housing and art. As stated on their site, "It will ultimately connect 45 intown neighborhoods." Adding, "It offers a chance for Atlanta to redefine what it is to be a neighbor, to be a community, to be a region, and to share all that it has to offer."

The project will take two decades to complete but progress seems to be made every day. Three trail segments are open or nearly so and there are also four new or renovated parks. And the parts that are open, have temporary public art exhibitions that highlight musicians, visual artists and performers... it's really wonderful. So this past Saturday, I jumped at the chance to see Sandy and her fellow Knitterati transform a stark, cold bridge into a vivid, intriguing world I'd like to inhabit.

Each section of the bridge is 35 feet long and 6-7 feet wide from side to side. That's a lot of square footage to cover...

It took the ten members of The Knitterati, (knitters and crocheters) two months to create the beastly creatures. They were even knitting day of the installation to complete this whale sized project...

Sandy, "There is a different view from the top of the bridge as well as from each side, so we hope visitors will take a few minutes to walk under the bridge and see the sea creature and caterpillar from the ground as well as from the BeltLine above." 

The BeltLine Beasties installation will be up until early November, so go check it out if you're in the area. It's situated between the exhibit showcasing copper pennies as wind instruments and the BeltLine Bridge, based on historic images and the Southern shotgun home. So much inspiration along these old train tracks...

A big congratulations to The Knitterati. From left to right, Julie Rivard, Sandy M. Tyler, Britt Dunn, Katherine Kearns, Kate Crosby, Brigette Flood, Stephanie Hass, Kate Swett. (Annie Perry and Kate Binzen not pictured) So now that that's done, what's next? 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach


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Reader Comments (11)

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

These guys are awesome!

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTamara

What a great idea. It makes me think of so many things in my neighborhood that could look so much better if the Knitterati were around. Keep up the good work guys.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Stills

Great work.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCAREY

I love the inspiration- every city should do this!

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkt

That's a ton of work but the outcome is so fantastic.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I've read about yarn bombing but have never actually seen it in person. I'll have to go check it out this weekend.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jane

This is fantastic!!

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

So cool! It makes me want to learn to crochet!

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

I wish I could come and see this! I think it's brilliant!

October 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranneemissie

Wow wow wow!!! You girls did such a great job! What a wonderful idea and grand colors!
Just love it

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

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