Public Art for the Broadway Bridge in Portland, OR:
Greetings to bridge, public art and yarn lovers! Bridge For Blankets is a community-based knit project, and temporary public art installation, set for install on the Broadway Bridge in August, 2013, as a part of the PDX Bridge Festival. 2013 is the Centennial Anniversary for the Broadway Bridge, and Bridge For Blankets is our way of drawing focus to this historical structure’s role in the Portland community.
This public art installation consists of 4 -18’ x 21’ knit banners hung outside the drawspans, on both the North and South sides of the Broadway Bridge. The construction of these banners depends upon the support of 150+ knitting volunteers, local mainly to the Portland area. After the project has been taken back down, these knit banners will be broken down into 42 - 6’ x 6’ afghans, washed, and donated to Portland area homeless shelters (i.e. Human Solutions & SnoCap).
Who is Helping Us?
Multnomah County is lending us their skilled engineers, those that manage and care for the Broadway Bridge, to help Bridge For Blankets go up on the Broadway for the month of August. We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support of this multi-purpose art installation, and can’t wait to see the banners brightening up this iconic, brick-red bridge. We need help raising the funds for installation materials and equipment rental, and that is one of the reasons that we are campaigning for your support on Indiegogo.
The knit banners will all be constructed from a colorful array of Cascade 220 Superwash Wool – a wool that will not felt, allowing the homeless shelter recipients to wash these blankets just as they would any other blanket. Abundant Yarns (http://www.abundant-yarn.com) and Cascade Yarns (http://www.cascadeyarns.com/) have teamed together to offer us a significant discount on the wool we need to for the project, and for that, we are delighted beyond belief. However, just as with the installation costs, we need your assistance to pay for the large yarn order. It costs more to create an afghan from quality natural fibers, but we also know that using natural fibers makes the resulting charitable gesture mean more to the recipients. Please help us pay for the yarn today by making a tax-deductible donation to Bridge For Blankets.
***** We have all the knitting volunteers that we require for this project.
How You Can Help:
We invite you to show your support and enthusiasm for what we are doing for the Portland community, and donate generously to Bridge For Blankets on this page.
When you make a donation of $130+ to our project today, you have paid for the yarn for one entire knit blanket. We accept all donation levels; no donation amount is too great or too small.
Spread the word about this project by sharing the link to this crowdfunding page with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Tweet, post on Facebook, and cast an even wider, and more personal, net by sharing our fundraising story via e-mail. Want some 1/4 sheet cards to hand out to promote the project in hard copy form? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We absolutely could not realize this project without your help. Donate today, and help us bridge the gap, and restore lives for those within our homeless communities.
UPDATE: We will be installing the first panels on the bridge beginning July 20th, but we still need you donations to help us pay for the upfront cost of materials for installation, and the yarn being knit for donation.