Blanket covered gas station

Blanket covered gas station

Artist Jennifer Marsh covered this 50-year-old former Citgo station with a giant blanket. Jennifer was sick of paying high gas prices and bothered by the abandoned gas station that was an eyesore on the drive to her studio each day, so she decided to do something about it. With the help of professional and amateur artists from 15 countries and more than 2,500 grade-school students in 29 states, Marsh covered the 50-year-old former Citgo station — pumps, light stands, signs and all — with more than 3,000 fiber panels that are crocheted, knitted, quilted or stitched together.

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The panels cover 5,000 square feet and come in every color, hue and texture. There are panels in burlap, leather, even silk. There are panels of solid color and others with patterns, prints or scenes.

The project cost about $29,000, much of it her own money. There were also grants and contributions from individuals and businesses.

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  1. scmtngirl

    I don’t get it. Maybe if the gas station were transformed into a community crafts center or something productive; this seems like a tremendous waste of time, money, and resources to me. What happens when it starts to rain?

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  5. Shawna Handke

    This is a great story! I think it looks like a lot of fun, and I know a friend who would definitely help me cover a gas station with fabric. That’s just what he does.

    Great story!

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  14. Someone with taste

    Way to turn something slightly unattractive into something hideous!Glad it’s not on my commute.

  15. david s

    Turning an ordinary run of the mill building into a Godawful festering eyesore!Just think what Habitat for Humanity could have done with 30 grand and all that volunteer labor-now THAT would be art!

  16. Emily Duffy

    Hi Marlow,

    I’m proud to say I have a panel in this international group sculpture. It’s a very cool idea and it was fun to participate in. I’m glad I wasn’t the one doing all the connecting and stuff, having done plenty of that for the BraBall. One enormous fiber sculpture per lifetime is plenty!

  17. sarah

    I agree with david. What’s the point? Just because its now covered with blankets doesn’t make it any better. How long are they going to be there? Can you imagine, in a few months, after a few rains, how terrible that’s going to smell, especially the ones on the roof?

  18. snarky anon

    So you guys aren’t much for the large scale artist who’s strung panels on wires in different cities, and wrapped skyscrapers, either, I guess.
    A pity.
    Sarah, the panels, especially on the roof, will be quick to dry, as they have more sun exposure. Winter road kill on the other hand won’t smell near as nice. Interesting that you’re worried about the smell of wet fabric.
    What’s the point of music? It doesn’t last. It ties up buildings that could be used for other things, and band shells with vast lawns that could be used for grazing or other agriculture or sport. How is this different? Some music is not to my taste. Should it be stopped or banned outright? What’s the point of a botanical garden, especially with ginormous plants that smell of carrion when in bloom? How much was spent to transport and nurture that plant that will last only a few weeks, and that few weeks is painful to endure?

  19. Awww Blanket

    Hey!!! I’m a Blankets lover (really i got this from a tweet! xD i shall go and take pics 😀 is sooooo!!!! grrrr…. love it simply!!!

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