(Guest Post by Christina Papp)
At the end of the installation on Sunday, there were leftover top railings and post covers. With the 12″ x 75″ bottom railings we already had, we might have enough for the whole bridge. I took all the extras home. The next day, my husband and I collected everything available for bottom railings from Spinning Plate. I spent the rest of the week measuring, counting and cataloging pieces to be sure there would be enough. Finished pieces continued to arrive in the mail and on my front porch. By mid-week, I knew we had just enough pieces to cover the bottom railings. Kitty got together the crew and supplies and I planned how pieces would be installed.
Bright and early the next Saturday morning, about 20 of us gathered again on the bridge and began sewing. By noon, we numbered about 40 and we had an assembly-line system: Kitty and I laid out black pieces, anchoring them to posts so they wouldn’t fall into the river, another volunteer followed us attaching the ends near the posts with cable ties, then another volunteer sat down and sewed the piece to the railing. Whenever someone finished sewing, she moved on to the next unattached section. Kitty and others trimmed cable ties and tidied each section. Thanks to the hard work of 60 volunteers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, we got three-quarters of the bottom railings completed.
Since the bridge was open while we worked, people passed us on foot and bicycles as they crossed the bridge. We answered questions, posed for pictures and heard thanks from many, many people who told us how much they were enjoying Knit the Bridge. Without exception, everyone who saw the bottom rail covers installed remarked how much better it looked with black all around each colorful piece, framing each as a work of art.
This was the original vision of Knit the Bridge and I’m happy I could contribute to fulfilling it. I want to thank all of the awesome, hard-working people who came out and got this job done. It takes a special type of person to get fabulous project like this off the ground and it takes a special type of person to see it through to the very end. We need both in the world.