A few initial personal impressions of The world's largest "yarn bombing" project, Knit The Bridge. (Opinion is my own and may change as I spend more time with it)
Tons of people put lots of time, effort and love into this project and I'm very glad they did.
The awesome part of this sort of explains itself. The project was huge and pulling it off demonstrated a tremendously powerful community effort; technical skill and almost military coordination. Using an iconic bridge as a metaphoric demonstration of civil society involving almost 2000 people.
From The Post Gazette
The weakness of the project in some ways comes from it's greatest strength.
Yarn Bombing as a movement tends to relate to street art and gather strength from pushing boundaries. Overwhelmingly the aesthetic is about softening the hard, technical world with the handmade, funky and chaotic.
The main tower covering was machine knitted according to reports. Also, the most interesting aspects of the bridge like the cables were not "bombed".
One also gets the strong impression that an effort was made to control and design out unexpected content or quirks- washing out anything remotely offensive or personal. (Could be wrong about that)
While I understand the physical and logistical barriers involved, the project fails to push the envelope in a way that creates true art.
Views were from first look late Sunday evening. I may change my mind as I walk the bridge and soak it all in.