The original purpose of Fort Point was to defend the San Francisco Bay against hostile warships.
These days, the imposing, nineteenth-century brick-and-mortar edifice overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge is a federal historic site. And from March 8–May 18, it hosts a massive yarn art installation to remind people how deeply immigration is woven into American society.
The Immigrant Yarn Project features around 75 columns (or totems) covered in thousands of brightly-colored, knitted rectangles and pompoms. Some of the patchwork pieces have writing on them, like the phrase "came here by boat." Others depict flags, bridges and other symbols associated with the immigration experience. Others are more abstract in feel.
Think the AIDS Quilt or pussy hats, but with a focus on immigration.
"The project was inspired by the increasingly divisive rhetoric around immigration," says project founder Cindy Weil.