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One Incredible Find: Rainbow on Mainby Tim Miner on July 8, 2021
Calling Kermit the Frog! If you’re still looking for a “rainbow connection,” we found one for you.
It’s right in the heart of downtown Waxhaw, clinging to the outer wall of Tangles Knitting on Main at 200 W North Main St.
For the last seven years, Julie Philip and her friends in the knit and crochet community have built a fiber installation in Waxhaw. Last year, they created “Hearts on the Wall” to offer the Waxhaw community a message of love and comfort.
This year, Philip invited her friends to help create a giant rainbow made of over 300 knit, sewn or crocheted flowers. She made an open ask on Instagram and attracted some new creatives to join in. Children even participated by cutting flowers out of felt.
Why rainbows? Well, besides their ability to make connections (See, Kermit? We got back around to you), Philip said, “Rainbows are happy. The flowers are a manageable size. I knew it would be a challenge, but we had a blast making them.”
The “Rainbow on Main” flower bomb will remain up for several weeks, until the elements take their toll on the installation and it’s time to come down. And, don’t worry, Philip already has her idea for the 2022 installation.
Rainbow on Main by the Numbers:
- Number of Flowers: 375
- Size: 7 ft. x 12 ft.
- Number of Artists Who Created It: 10
- Tari Marowski
- Denise Lindberg
- Dr. Anait Balasanyan
- Julie Philip
- Elizabeth Climer
- Donna Tarney
- Natalia Pleshko
- Judi Siver
- Debby Paulson
- Ina Plyler