"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," said David Diaz, President and CEO of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.
The trees were left dressed in stripes and patterns of every color, and hot chocolate and snacks were served at Tobacco Road Sports Café, where prizes where handed out for knitters.
For the past six weeks, knitters have been meeting at SpiritWorks Studio to create tree sweaters for the city owned trees lining the Glenwood South thoroughfare, which many cars pass through on their way into downtown.
"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."
Even Belt was surprised at the response to this community art initiative, which originally aimed for 70 tree sweaters, but instead created over 100 tree sweaters, each in their own colors and style.