BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS WAS A PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION AND PART OF THE 2013  PDX BRIDGE FESTIVAL . INSTALLATION ON THE BROADWAY BRIDGE MADE POSSIBLE BY A GRANT FROM MULTNOMAH COUNTY. MATERIAL COSTS WERE PARTIALLY CROWD-FUNDED. ALL KNIT WOOL PANELS WERE CLEANED, SEPARATED INTO BLANKETS, AND DONATED TO PORTLAND-METRO AREA NON-PROFITS.  INSTALLED FROM AUGUST - SEPTEMBER, 2013.
 SE PANEL, 1 OF 4 PANELS INSTALLED ON THE BROADWAY BRIDGE AS PART OF THE AUGUST 2013 CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF THE BROADWAY BRIDGE ERECTION IN 1913. EACH PANEL WAS 18’ X 21’ IN DIMENSION.
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 THE 4 18’ X 21’ KNIT PANELS WERE MADE FROM THE COMBINED EFFORT OF OVER 200 PDX AREA VOLUNTEER KNITTERS. TEAM LEADERS COORDINATED PICK UP, DROP OFF, AND FURTHER CONSTRUCTION OF EACH BANNER.   BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS USED A SUPERWASH WOOL THAT WAS SOLD AT A GENEROUS DISCOUNT TO THE PROJECT BY  CASCADE YARNS .
 THE ARTIST AND PROJECT COORDINATOR, TYLER MACKIE, TAKING A BREAK ON A COMPLETED KNIT PANEL.
 COMMUKNITCATION WAS A LOCAL YARN BOMBING GROUP THAT MADE STEALTH KNIT INSTALLATIONS IN N AND NE PORTLAND AROUND 2012. THIS SMALL KNIT SLEEVE TAG ON A SW RAILING OF THE PEDESTRIAN-BIKE DECK OF THE BROADWAY BRIDGE WAS THE INITIAL SPARK OF INSPIRATION FOR MACKIE’S BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS 2013 COMMUNITY-BASED INSTALLATION.
 SOME FUNDRAISING AND KNITTING DATES FOR VOLUNTEERS WERE HOSTED BY MIGRATION BREWING IN NE PORTLAND. THANK YOU!
 A HANDFUL OF THE BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS VOLUNTEERS GATHERED IN MID-SUMMER, 2013 TO STITCH TOGETHER THE KNIT 1’ SQUARES INTO COLOR BLOCKS, AND THEN BRIDGE PANELS.  VOLUNTEERS GATHERED AT HOME OF SE/NE/NW VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, SHARON MACKIE.
 A HANDFUL OF THE BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS VOLUNTEERS GATHERED IN MID-SUMMER, 2013 TO STITCH TOGETHER THE KNIT 1’ SQUARES INTO COLOR BLOCKS, AND THEN BRIDGE PANELS.  VOLUNTEERS GATHERED AT HOME OF SE/NE/NW VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, SHARON MACKIE.
 MUCH OF THE REMAINING WORK TO REINFORCE EACH 18’ X 21’ KNIT PANEL WAS DONE IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE NIGHT IN MACKIE’S HOME WITH A HANDFUL OF FIERCELY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS.
 SW PANEL PHOTO TAKEN BY ERIK CARLSON.
 SW PANEL PHOTO TAKEN FROM WESTSIDE WATERFRONT BY  MICHELE LEE BERNSTEIN , PROJECT VOLUNTEER.
 TWO BRIDGE PANELS TAKEN FROM A PASSERBY ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE BROADWAY BRIDGE PEDESTRIAN-BIKE RAMP.
 PHOTO OF BROADWAY BRIDGE AND STEEL BRIDGE TAKEN FROM FREMONT BRIDGE DURING THE PROVIDENCE BRIDGE PEDAL IN MID-AUGUST 2013. THIS EVENT IS THE ONLY TIME IN THE YEAR THAT BICYCLES ARE ALLOWED ON THIS BRIDGE; IF YOU SQUINT, YOU CAN SEE THE FAINT SILHOUETTE OF THE BRIDGE FOR BLANKET BANNERS GLOWING IN THE SUNLIGHT.   PHOTO TAKEN BY BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS SW VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, MELISSA ANN HEINEN.
 ONE OF THE PANELS DURING INSTALLATION, BILLOWING IN THE STRONG SUMMER BREEZE THAT THE BRIDGES EXPERIENCE OVER THE WILLAMETTE RIVER.   ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS.
 MACKIE COORDINATING INSTALLATION LOGISTICS FOR THE FINAL PANEL TO A MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEER.  ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS.
 TONY LESTER, A RECENTLY RETIRED ENGINEER FOR THE MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE SHOP, CAME UP WITH THE BRIDGE INSTALLATION SCHEMATICS AND WAS A CONSTANT SUPPORTER OF BRIDGE FOR BLANKETS FROM START TO FINISH. HERE HE IS SECURING THE LAST LOWER CORNER OF THE SE PANEL IN 2013.  ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS.  PHOTO TAKEN BY CHARLIE VAWTER.
 SOME DISTANT PERSPECTIVE ON THE FIRST PANEL INSTALLED.   ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS.  PHOTO TAKEN BY CHARLIE VAWTER.
 A RARE OCCASION WHEN AN ART INSTALLATION CAN CLOSE DOWN A BRIDGE FOR A WHOLE DAY.  ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS.  PHOTO TAKEN BY CHARLIE VAWTER.
 AND THEN THE PUBLIC ART LIFE OF THE PROJECT CAME TO AN END IN SEPTEMBER OF 2013.  ALL GRATITUDE TO THE  MULTNOMAH COUNTY BRIDGE ENGINEERS  FOR BRAVING THE HEIGHTS, WIND, AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ATTACHING THE PANELS TO THEIR CABLE SECUREMENTS; AND THEN RETURNING A MONTH LATER TO DEINSTALL ALL 4 PANELS.
 DONATION ROUND 1 OF 12 6’ X 6’ BLANKETS WENT TO  SNO CAP COMMUNITY CHARITIES .
 DONATION ROUND 2 OF 12 6’ X 6’ BLANKETS  CLACKAMAS WOMEN’S SERVICES .
 DONATION ROUND 3 OF 12 3’ X 6’ BLANKETS WENT TO  RANDALL CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL  AT LEGACY EMANUEL.
 DONATION ROUND 4 OF 12 6’ X 6’ BLANKETS WENT TO  HUMAN SOLUTIONS  AT  PARKROSE UCC .
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