Knitted Bus in Mexico City
A Knitted Wonderland
Extended through March 25, 2011
Experience a Knitted Wonderland in The Blanton's Faulkner Plaza! In a site-specific installation led by textile artist Magda Sayeg, the trunks of all 99 trees in between the museum’s Michener and Smith buildings have been covered with colorful yarn, crafted by over 170 local volunteer knitters. In a community effort reminiscent of American quilting bees, Sayeg’s intervention with the space will transform visitor’s experience of the natural landscape. The work also responds to pieces in the museum’s current exhibition, Recovering Beauty, which focuses on the use of crafts and a return to beauty, color, and playfulness.
Meters in Brooklyn, NY
Recent installations by Sayeg include a Mexico City bus (see attached image), columns at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, and a sculpture of a military leader in Bali. In 2010, the artist transformed Carl Trominiski’s local public art project located under the Lamar Bridge underpass, repurposing his “blue signs” into knitted blocks.
The Blanton would like to thank all of the knitters who participated in A Knitted Wonderland. Click here for a complete list.
Funding for A Knitted Wonderland is provided by the Loraine O'Gorman Gonzalez Creative Crafts Fund at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin.