Colorful facade

Workers raise a panel of knit squares into place on building front

Photo by Christopher Gannon.

(Pictured) Workers lift a section of knitted panels into place on the facade of Design on Main May 10 in downtown Ames. More than 1,000 knitted and crocheted squares sewn into 37 larger panels will blanket the building front through June 1. "Intertwine," coordinated by Jennifer Drinkwater, assistant professor of art and visual culture in the College of Design and a community art extension specialist, was a project to encourage more people to participate in "public art" and to build connections among communities. Volunteers from dozens of Iowa towns -- and communities in 13 other states -- took her up on her invitation last fall. More photos.