To celebrate the arrival and stay of the Jamaican and American Olympic teams in the second city for London 2012, textile artist Sara Fowles and Stitches and Hos, a Birmingham-based motley crew of enthusiasts of all things knitted, crocheted and stitched, will cover the lower columns on the exterior of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with knit graffiti.
Over three months a pop-up shop in the Pavilions Birmingham shopping centre has played host to knitters of all ages and abilities to make the piece for the K2TOG ? Knit 2 Together project. It has taken 1,300 balls of wool, nearly 400 volunteer knitters and approximately 4,500 hours to make the installation.
The project has been chosen to be part of Kalaboration (www.kalaboration.co.uk), celebrating both the forthcoming 2012 Olympics and the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence.
The piece will be unveiled on 27 July to coincide with the beginning of the Olympic Games and remain until the end of September.