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Sweater wearing trees line Downtown Raleigh for new outdoor art exhibit

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It’s not every day that you see trees wearing knitted sweaters in Downtown Raleigh. The new cozy tree attire is part of a new outdoor art exhibit by the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative, a coalition of merchants, residents and community based organizations.

Over 150 colorful and unique sweaters were placed on trees along Glenwood Avenue and on the side streets this week in the capital city.

“What better way to show who we are than a community art project?” asked Donna Belt, owner of SpiritWorks Studio. “Tree Sweaters are whimsical and as varied as each of us are.”

For the past six weeks, knitters, ranging in age from 8 to 80, met at SpiritWorks Studio at the Carter Building on Glenwood Avenue to create Tree Sweaters for the city owned trees lining the Glenwood South thoroughfare.

The original goal was to knit 70 sweaters for the trees to wear in the blocks between Hillsborough Street and Peace Street, but the response to the project was much greater than planned.

“The merchants and the residents have really come together to brand Glenwood South as a welcoming and inviting neighborhood by placing these sweaters on the trees. This will create a colorful display in a very important district of downtown,” added David Diaz, President & CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

The sweater art exhibit will be showcased in Downtown Raleigh through Feb. 25.

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