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Artwork that spanned more than 100 feet across the Atlanta Beltline was stolen. Artwork that spanned more than 100 feet across the Atlanta Beltline was stolen.

Someone stole yarn artwork that spanned more than 100 feet across the Atlanta Beltline.

A group of 10 knitters who called themselves the "Knitterati" spent hundreds of hours to put together the artwork, which is made up entirely of yarn.  

The Knitterati came up with three designs: a water-based creature, a mammal, and a fuzzy caterpillar to cover some old bridge rails along the Atlanta Beltline. Each piece was more than 34 feet long and several feet wide.

"We spent probably 500 plus hours and untold skeins of yarn working on the project," said Brigette Flood.

Installing the project took several hours.  To secure the work, some of it had to be sewn on to boards on site.

"There's a lot of work and a lot of people, a lot of time, a lot of energy – we were real excited about it. We kind of love them," said Flood.  

After being up for just a few weeks, the "Beltline Beasties," as the project has been dubbed, was stolen.

The Beltline Beasties are part of a much larger art on the Beltline project that includes works from 74 artists.

This is the first time anything has been stolen in three years of art on the Beltline.  While in the past there has been some vandalism, even that has decreased.

"Every year the project has gotten bigger and the vandalism has gone down," said Fred Yalouris of the Atlanta Beltline. "It's a public place, and we don't patrol but we have a lot of vigilance from neighboring property owners or people who walk the Beltline."

Police say if they do find out who took the artwork, they can be charged with theft.

"I'm hopeful that wherever it went it's being used by someone who needed it or wanted it," said Flood.

The Knitterati says they are offering a reward -- they'll knit a scarf, hat, or gloves for anyone who can tell them what happened to their project.

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