“Knitscape,” a knitted mural by Urban Yarnage for Buffalo Bayou Park’s five-year anniversary has been extended until Nov. 30.
“Knitscape” is a colorful homage to the ecological diversity of Buffalo Bayou and is installed at the entrances and railing on the Rosemont Bridge (a pedestrian bridge) in Buffalo Bayou Park (Montrose Boulevard and Allen Parkway).
Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) hosted Artful Anniversary throughout the month of October to celebrate the anniversary of the completion of Buffalo Bayou Park. BBP hosted a series of five unique virtual performances and experiences in October.
In this column in late September, I introduced you to Mary Goldsby, founder of Urban Yarnage and knitter-in-chief of “Knitscape.”
I’m not known for my punctuality, so I was thrilled to learn about the extension of the exhibit and visited on Oct. 31. As I walked the bridge with my girlfriend, picking out the many birds, flowers, insects, grass, small animals and even a snake or caterpillar, I kind of got lost in it all. It’s hard not to smile with so much color and creativity. Then a vampire and zombie casually walked past … oh right, it was Halloween.
Goldsby said the BBP told her after the first week, “Knitscape” had already been so wildly successful, they wanted to extend the display through the next month.
I recall my complete ignorance of the complexity of this project. Not anymore. Allow me to “knit” a picture for you. The knitted mural, as I like to call it now, is five pieces totaling 120 feet. The longest section is 72 feet.
Approximately two dozen volunteers knitted and crocheted the individual pieces (bugs, grass, vines, animals, flowers, etc.) for nearly 8 weeks. Then Goldsby had the task of organizing the people and then assembling these pieces, mostly on her own thanks to a pandemic.
A different crew of volunteers, of the non-knitting variety, helped to install “Knitscape.” They’ll be there for the removal, too. Volunteers really are the best.
I called Goldsby because she told me in the first interview that she goes out and checks “Knitscape” several times a week, armed with scissors, yarn and other instruments of repair in case any pieces have fallen in disrepair.
She said there have been no real problems with this one but there have been a few vandals. Can you imagine vandalizing a knitted landscape? Goldsby said people sneak in their own knitted hearts or a padlock – aka lock of love. Now that is funny! I do not encourage that, however.
Buffalo Bayou Partnership was so impressed with “Knitscape,” they plan to install a section in their offices when it come down. This is the perfect piece of art to visit, the weather is perfect and it will certainly lighten anyone’s mood!
The Rosemont Bridge spans Memorial Drive and Buffalo Bayou and connects the two sides of Buffalo Bayou Park, west of Eleanor Tinsley Park and east of the Studemont-Montrose Boulevard Bridge. Follow both on Instagram @urbanyarnage and @buffalobayou.
Just a reminder that The Market at Sawyer Yards returns this Saturday on Art Alley at Sawyer Yards. Details are at thefolkmarket.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of the First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com for additional highlights and artist’s stories.