1,300 Snowflakes Cover Glenwood Avenue This December

A public art project displays crocheted snowflakes


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PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENWOOD SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD COLLABORATIVE

Want to see snowflakes in downtown Raleigh — regardless of our weather forecast? Seventy volunteers from Glenwood South and Activate Good gathered at the Hampton Inn at 600 Glenwood Ave. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, to hang nearly 1,300 crocheted snowflakes on the trees along Glenwood Avenue between Peace and Hillsborough Streets. With more than 15 businesses along the street already displaying oversized crocheted flakes in their windows and on their front porches, the neighborhood is sure to match the winter welcome marked by Raleigh’s dipping temperatures forecasted for Dec. 9-10.

A Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative project — sponsored by City of Raleigh’s Community Engagement Division, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Glenwood South Tailors + Alterations — this effort began last summer as neighbors met at the Cupcake Shoppe and A Place at the Table in Raleigh to learn how to crochet. Over the months, more than 60 people became involved in the effort, including grandmothers teaching grandchildren and elderly residents from Glenwood Towers.


Project History

Glenwood South is not new to the idea that creativity brings people together. Dating back to 2013, the neighborhood knitted 150 tree sweaters, and since then has painted crosswalk art, folded thousands of origami cranes and butterflies for Peace Trees, and crocheted hundreds of thousands of plastic trash bags into sleeping mats for refugees. 

Glenwood South Peace Tree

During the fall of 2015 over 200 neighborhood volunteers learned to fold origami cranes to decorate a 12 foot “Peace Tree” donated by the Carolina Ale House. Over 2,500 cranes were created.

Photo Courtesy of Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative

 

Cool Walkings

On Oct. 18, 2015, three intersections in Glenwood South (Glenwood Avenue at Tucker, North and Jones Streets) were revitalized with new and interesting crosswalks.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENWOOD SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD COLLABORATIVE

 

Tree Sweaters II

In the fall of 2014, more than 60 knitters participated in Glenwood South’s second tree sweater project, attracting knitters from as far away as Hawaii, Texas and even Ontario.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENWOOD SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD COLLABORATIVE

 

Poetry Wall

In June 2014, a chalkboard poetry wall highlighting favorite neighborhood quotes and poetry was constructed on the former Clark Art building. New poetry and quotes were updated every two weeks. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENWOOD SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD COLLABORATIVE

 

Tree Sweaters

In 2013, a group of 70 neighbors gathered weekly through the fall at the Carter Building and knitted 150 sweaters that were wrapped on trees along Glenwood Avenue.

PHOTO COURTESY OF GLENWOOD SOUTH NEIGHBORHOOD COLLABORATIVE


Cindy Bolden of Glenwood Gatherings and Donna Belt, organizers of these public art projects, are quick to give credit to Glenwood South neighbors and residents from all over the Triangle who return year after year to participate in what has become a tradition. Teaching each other new skills and gathering in public spaces creates a sense of belonging that lasts long after the art projects end.

As for the crocheted snowflakes — they will be taken down after a month and donated to residents of Glenwood Towers and recipients of Meals on Wheels served through Saint Saviour’s Center, so be sure take a stroll through Glenwood South in December before they disappear!

 

This article was updated Dec. 10, 2018.

 

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