Photo Friday: Red

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Red Sweaters in a tree, Canon Digital Rebel

Photo Friday’s theme this week is “Red.” Imagine my surprise this week when I came upon all of these tiny, red knitted sweaters strung in a tree like luminous holiday lights… or maybe a special kind of spanish moss.

After further exploration at RedSweaters.org I discovered that this is a project that knitters from all over are contributing to, and is a tribute to fallen soldiers in Iraq. Sadly, there are 2,220 tiny sweaters in this tree and more to knit.

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11 Comments

  1. bohemiangirl

    wow…that must have felt so surreal walking up to this (in such a cute neighborhood, i see!).
    i will have to pass this onto all my knitter friends.
    it is very sad to know of how many there are and how many more there needs to be but what a beautiful tribute to them.
    thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. Steph

    I just went to the website but couldn’t find any mention of the location of the tree? Is it her mailing address on Folsom? I’d love to stop by.

  3. matirose

    WOW! i must go find this tree. beautiful & heartbreaking.

  4. Hannah

    When the page loaded up and I saw only the first picture my first thought was,
    “The tree is bleeding?”
    It turns out it’s kind of apt. That’s really poignant, but a wonderful tribute. It’s nice to be able to DO something, even when there really is nothing you can do.

  5. Jennifer

    YUM.MEE, my dear!!!

  6. rachael

    wow… thanks for sharing this. 🙂

  7. c

    you’ve taken a beautiful photo, andrea, as always, but this art installation is one of the worst i’ve seen. i read the artist’s purpose on the website, to bring awareness without promoting a specific point of view, but this tree looks like it’s draped in garlands of blood. i wonder how it could be interpreted as anything but anti-war. she also says that blood has no politics … really?
    hm. an interesting point of contemplation, if nothing else. you take the most interesting walks of anyone i know/read!

  8. Tongue in Cheek

    The agony of lost lives, those who are left behind. The sweaters that can no longer keep anyone warm are only blood red.
    When will war stop and love prevail?

  9. Alison

    it is as wonderful to behold as it is heartbreaking to ponder.

  10. megg

    How quickly your reaction can go from “how charming” to “how wrenching.” What an amazing visual display of the loss of precious life. Thank you so much!!

  11. Hazel

    Have you seen this website: http://www.unphotographable.com
    If you haven’t, I saw it and it made me think of you – someone I don’t even know!

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