Knitters Dress Up Trees for Public Art


Here’s a cool public art project.  Some Ohio artists started the “Knitknot Tree Project,” wrapping a Bradford Pear with colorful panels of yarn knitted individually by residents and visitors alike. Good-luck charms cling to the yarn. Family photos, poems and jokes peek out of knitted pockets.

Apparently this form of textile art has become popular around America. Knitters are dressing trees, street signs, benches, door handles and other objects. Residents of Columbus, IN, knitted cozies for 33 ornamental pear trees that line the city’s main street. One tree, called the People Hugger, has knitted arms.  Knitted coverings are showing up on trees and doorknobs in Charleston, WV.  And in Houston, knitters have dressed up park benches, car antennas, telephone poles and beer bottles.

Disclosure:  One of the artists associated with the Knitknot Tree Project is a friend and frequent commenter of MadSilence.  You can visit JafaBrit at her blog.

For other examples of tree art, check out this modest arboreal specimen:


Carol Hummel image via JafaBrit 

There’s also Early Frost© by Janet Morton consisting of 13 locust trees covered in found/collected lace in autumn:



Related links:
Knitters Dress Up Trees for Public Art  from AP (Associated Press)
Knitters Dress Up Trees for Public Art (with slide show)  from


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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Monica
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 09:05:52

    You want thrift shops on LI or rummage sales??? :) I know a lot but on the southshore!!


  2. jafabrit
    Mar 13, 2008 @ 10:32:04

    LOL! thanks for the shout out :)

    got to tell you who would have guessed a little knitting on a tree for a lark would garner such media attention. I guess the jafagirls will have to branch out though and get cracking if we want to have any work in our doll show :) in June.

    Yes, I must say Early Frost is my absolute favourite.


  3. szoutewelle
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 22:40:40

    oh I just live this, thanks so much! I just don’t think it would happen in Holland. Other things do, but not this playful, innocent, inventive, grass roots kind of action.
    cheers, Sarah


  4. szoutewelle
    Mar 16, 2008 @ 22:41:01

    I meant, ‘I just lOve this’.


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