Group wants to knit cover for Warhol bridge

Allegheny County Councilmen Nick Futules and Michael Finnerty examine a model of the Andy Warhol bridge covered by knitted yarn in Pittsburgh.

Bobby Kerlik

PITTSBURGH — Andy Warhol’s art doesn’t often conjure warm and fuzzy images, but a proposed tribute to him just might.

An arts group wants to cover a downtown Pittsburgh bridge named for Warhol with knitted blankets in mid-August.

Allegheny County Council must sign off on the plan. But if it goes forward, the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh will use machine-knitted blankets to cover the bridge’s towering superstructure while individual blankets knitted by more than 1,200 volunteers will be used to cover its walkways.

After the blankets are removed, they’ll be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters.