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Celebration To Be Held For Warhol Bridge ‘Yarn Bombing’

(Photo Credit: Heather Lang/KDKA)

(Photo Credit: Heather Lang/KDKA)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Community groups are holding a public art party to celebrate the covering of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Bridge in colorful yarn.

The Knit the Bridge community party will be held Sunday from 3 p.m.  to 7 p.m. at the bridge, which is downtown at Seventh Street. There will be arts and crafts activities, food, music and other events.

The so-called “Yarn Bomb” involved more than 1,800 knitters who covered the bridge in 3,000 feet of vivid patterns. The term applies to artists who knit coverings for everyday objects like lampposts, street signs and trees.

For months, more than 1,800 artists produced over 600 blankets for the project.

Of all the bridges in the City of Bridges, the group chose to “yarn bomb” the Andy Warhol Bridge.

“It’s one of the only, if not the only bridge, in the U.S. named for a visual artist – the Warhol Bridge,” Project Coordinator Amanda Gross said. “So, I thought it would be appropriate.”

The bridge will be covered in yarn until Sept. 6.

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