'Everybody working on it was happy': Anchorage knitters find art installation torn down the next day

With a permit from Anchorage Parks and Recreation, the Anchorage Guerrilla Knitters had sewn dozens of yarn sweaters onto trees along Westchester Lagoon on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Anchorage.

The following day, a knitter returned to take photos of the trees, only to discover that the yarn sweaters were gone. The project that was meant to be an art installation until May instead became a one-day performance piece.

"It's left us pretty devastated," said knitter Barbara Brown. "What it was, was a thing that made us happy. Everybody working on it was happy. Sad thing to think that somebody would want to destroy that."

Rugile Kaladyte

Rugile Kaladyte is a visual journalist for Alaska Dispatch News.