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DIY Art Travel: Quilting at the Gas Station
In the city of Syracuse, New York, artist Jennifer Marsh was sick of driving by a run down, abandoned gas station every day. She took matters into her own hands and hatched a plan to beautify the building--and make a statement about high gas prices.
Marsh enlisted the help of artists from 15 countries and more than 2,500 grade school students in 29 states to create panels to cover the building. More than 3,000 quilt blocks made of every conceivable material were stitched together to cover every available surface--including the pumps--of the 50-year-old gas station.
The crazy but wonderful project cost $29,000, much of it Marsh's own money, with donations making up the rest.