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TULSA, Okla. (KJRH) — Across the state, hundreds of people are coming together to make history. They are working to complete the largest collective art project ever in Oklahoma.

The artists are using a brick building in downtown Tulsa as their canvas, and they are using something other than brushes to fill in the picture.

The large brick wall outside 108 Contemporary’s Gallery in downtown Tulsa will soon get a whole new cover made entirely out of yarn.

Groups of knitters across the state are teaming up for a massive art project called “The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes.”

Romy Owens is leading the effort to piece together a blank that will stretch over 3,000 square feet to make the building look like a landscape.

“Like, it would be that feeling, loosely, of a landscape with blue sky and white clouds and rolling hills that would go off into downtown,” Owens said.

To create the landscape, she asked people to knit squares using various shades of blue and green.

“So this square that i’m working on is going to be part of the grass.”

The project is picking up steam as more and more groups get involved.

“So far, I have connected with people in Woodward, Bartlesville, Ada, of course Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, Stillwater, Lawton, Enid,” Owens said.

And the list keeps growing. Twin sisters, Jeanie and Merrie heard about the project and immediately wanted to help.

“This will be sky. this is clouds. that’s clouds,” Jeannie said.

The two already knitted almost a dozen squares, and they plan on doing a whole lot more.

“At least a hundred or more, I would say,” Jeannie said.

To complete the project, the gallery needs to collect more than 3,500 squares by June.

“It’s a little overwhelming, but i’m super confident that it can be done,” Owens said.

Romy Owens hopes the project will not only create something beautiful, but also make people realize what they can accomplish if they work together.

The gallery is trying to recruit as many knitters as possible to help complete the project. Click here to find out how to get involved.

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