Earlier in the week I talked about the big knit – a knitting masterpiece that is going to cover the bridge just down the road from us. Well today was the big day, the day that the knitting was going to be shown to the world. I say WAS because some time during the night some vandals cut the installation from the bridge. Now instead of it being suspended along the scaffolding it is draped below the bridge and in the water.
14 months of planning, weeks of knitting and 10 days of installation to be ruined in one night by thoughtless, selfish people. Despite all the damage to the knitting, the festival continued. Although it was damaged, what was left looked amazing. In places the knitting was cut and left hanging in tatters, in other places holes were made in the knitting just like a stitch or two had been dropped.
There were still a few smaller pieces of work that weren’t destroyed and you can see from them that the concept was amazing.
My favourite non destroyed piece is this one
I would have loved to see the bridge draped in knitting. It really makes me sad that someone, or most likely a group of someones, would take the time to destroy something like this. It must have taken a long time to actually cut each and every tie that was holding the knitting to the bridge along the top of the scaffolding. What pleasure could possibly be derived from such destruction?