I talked with my principal to see if we could create a public installation like this. Right away, he gave me the green light. I gathered the information about what was needed, and I created a GoFundMe to help raise funds. (I desperately wished to fund it myself, but I knew I couldn’t.) The donations started to come in…from personal friends, from colleagues, and from former students. Those that didn’t want to donate money, bought yarn by the skein for my students. I was touched by the kindness of the people in my community.
School started August 22, 2016, and on August 23, my students jumped right in. They sanded the poles and sprayed them black. Our welding teacher had his students cut down steel tubes to put inside the poles to help strengthen and reinforce from the pull the yarn would have on the poles. Students balled up skein after skein of yarn, until finally it was time to go outside and bring out installation to life.