Monday, October 21, 2013
Another fiber-bombed bridge
A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of seeing a wonderful fiber art installation on a bridge in Pittsburgh, organized to coincide with the showing of Fiberart International. Here's my blog post with lots of photos, but to refresh your memory, people knitted or crocheted afghans to fit perfectly in the spaces between the railings, and even covered the railings and the superstructure with knit-to-fit. They worked on the project for more than a year, planning and executing meticulously, and the bridge looked fabulous.
This struck me as a bad idea all around.
For one thing, much as I deplore breast cancer (or any other awful disease), I'm not sure what "awareness" means or is supposed to accomplish. Surely there are few adults who don't know that breast cancer is bad. Some of them may donate to breast cancer charities, and that's probably the ulterior motive of the "awareness" activities, but if so, why not be honest and bill them as breast cancer fundraising?
For another, this was a pretty sloppy event. In fairness, the organizers were allowed only a couple of hours to put the bras on the bridge, so it was a very casual affair. Lots of extra bras were lying in unappetizing heaps on the pavement.
I couldn't agree more.