Friday, February 06, 2009

Quilting In The Extreme

If you click on this link you can see some of the leaves submitted by various people to that venue I was talking about a couple weeks ago about
the tree that will be made up of 30,000 man made leaves. I notice that mine have not made the site yet. Simmer down, Tommy.
http://internationalfibercollaborative.com/html/gallery.html

When thinking about the tree, the gas station of last summer comes to mind. I thought it was pretty funny but on the other hand, couldn't all that work gone to a more worthy cause? I guess I am postulating a bit but it seems that if you spend that much effort and time and money, that someone should benefit from it other than a couple of pictures. You be the judge.


Artist Jennifer Marsh covered this 50-year-old former Citgo station with a giant quilt. Jennifer was bothered by the abandoned gas station that was an eyesore on the drive to her studio each day, so she decided to do something about it. With the help of professional and amateur artists from 15 countries and more than 2,500 grade-school students in 29 states, Marsh covered the 50-year-old former Citgo station — pumps, light stands, signs and all — with more than 3,000 fiber panels that are crocheted, knitted, quilted or stitched together.

The panels cover 5,000 square feet and come in every color, hue and texture. There are panels in burlap, leather, even silk. There are panels of solid color and others with patterns, prints or scenes.

The project cost about $29,000, much of it her own money. There were also grants and contributions from individuals and businesses.

So, what do you think?

I remember that someone in my guild was going to make a quilt slipcover for her car, way back when. I wonder if that ever happened?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Check again - your leaves ARE posted and they are gorgeous!

pjn

Anonymous said...

Check again - your leaves ARE posted and they are gorgeous!

pjn

Cindra said...

I saw them right away and cheered!!!

Cindra said...

Wouldn't weather ruin the gas station?

Anonymous said...

Yours are there Tommy, third from the bottom...wow...I made 3, will do a couple more and send them off, maybe tomorrow. Isn't it nice that they posted those received!

Anonymous said...

I think that gas station project is a waste too. Many people could have benefited from this project and from $29,000. Why didn't she just ask the city to rip it out?
If she had had it removed and put a nice art sculpture in its place...well you know the rest.

Wonder what that project looks like now. It's not exactly Christo and Jeanne-Claude!

kay c said...

Tommy - Under your leaves it says you are from Romeoville IL - I thought you lived in Indiana? (I'm from Joliet). Loved your leaves.