The world’s first fabric-covered gas station is the work of artist Jennifer Marsh who was both sick of paying high gas prices and tired of seeing the 50-year-old eyesore on her daily commute. She organised a project, the International Fiber Collaborative, to cover the old Citgo station which involved not just professional and amateur artisans from 15 countries, but also 2,500 schoolchildren from 29 US states. The object of the exercise was to express concern over the world’s utter dependence on oil.
The colourful fibre panels were crocheted, knitted, stitched and quilted and covered over 5,000 square feet. Every part of the old gas station was treated to fabric including the pumps and signs. Marsh financed much of the $29,000 project herself with help from grants and donations. She also encourages others to do the same with her tips page.
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