Knitting the Commons

Knitting the Commons is an art installation that spans trees throughout the three public spaces in an effort to “knit” the Commons together. Throughout phases of this project, select trees have been wrapped in one-of-a-kind, whimsical styles and patterns, created by artist-sister duo Knits for Life. In June of 2017, the neighborhood community was invited to vote on themes for the knitted sculptures. In line with the selected theme of “Land, Sea and Air Creatures,” installations in 2018 included giraffes, sea otters, and chameleons in Civic Center Plaza, parrots on Fulton Street, and octopuses UN Plaza. Knits for Life is currently installing a new set of animal clusters for 2019 – look for elephants in Civic Center Plaza and parrots back on Fulton, with flamingos coming soon to UN Plaza. Please do hug the trees! (Image by Jill Watt)
Visit the project website here.