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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Yarn Bombed!

I had one of those days planned that didn't go as planned. Plan A was to go downtown and photograph an old Dr Pepper sign that's painted on the side of a brick building. It  was discovered when the building next door was torn down. I'd heard about it on the news and thought I had the address correct, but I didn't, so the sign wasn't found. I'm going back probably this week and hopefully find it.

That lead me to Plan B which was just follow the nose of my car and see where it went. I was fairly close to the Arkansas Art Center and the park that surrounds it, so I decided I'd just stroll around there for a while. Well, the Art Center looked nothing like it normally does. It had been "yarn bombed!" I've heard of small acts of yarn bombing, but nothing like the front of a huge building.  Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
 
It was quite a sight to see the nearly 1,200 sq. ft. display of colorful patches and strings of yarn. It's hard to tell, but this is no small building. You can see how small the front doors look and they're well over 8 foot tall.  A university art student Chelsye Garrett  helped organize the event. She formed a Facebook group to reach artists from across the United States and as far away as Canada and Chile.
 


The color-scheme begins with cool blues and green panels near to the ground and gradually evolves into warmer purples and yellows, with pinks and reds at the very top.

 
 
Colorful yarn  patches even covered various trees trunks. From the branches dangled ornaments and flowers.
 


There was one tree trunk covered with spider webs and black spiders swung from the branches.

 
 
You have to look closely to see the bees, caterpillars, snakes and birds hiding around and in the trees.



They even wrapped the  light posts with yarn and decorated them with flowers.

 
 
Around the fountain there were numerous fish. I was sad that the fountain wasn't working this day. It's very pretty as it spills down the dark walls.
 


Other sea creatures were scattered among the fish.
 
 
You should Google "yarn bombing" and see some of the unusual things that have been bombed. Lion Brand Yarn even has instructions on their web site to yarn bomb a chair. It's a fun and happy thing, but I'm pretty sure Mr. H would not appreciate the trees in our yard nor the chairs in our house yarn bombed!
 
 
Linking up with Helen's Weekend Walk at A Flash Of Inspiration.
 
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23 comments:

  1. I saw something like that in Phila and had no idea what was going on!

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  2. I have to go see this. How long will it be on the building? I know you talked about it, oh my goodness I
    never dreamed it was colorful. Your photos brought it to life. I love the little worm and the bee. This was a very time consuming project. Keep the photos coming

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  3. Well that was a big job yarn bombing that big building. I especially liked the details of the bottom part of the fountain with the fish and other underwater creatures!

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  4. Wow what a labour of love a great place to visit and look at all the individual pieces.

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  5. I saw somthing like it in Germany, but that day I left my camera at home:( These yarn bombs are so detailed.

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  6. Looks like you came across a real treat. What a huge project. So fun to see all those colors.

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  7. I've seen Yarn bombing over here but never on a scale such as this - usually small projects which appear over night! The detail is amazing.. and so colourful and co-ordinated. Lovely photos ...thanks for sharing - so glad you linked to my blog!

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  8. Wow! That is an amazing art piece! The colors and design are wonderful. How did they ever get up on top of the building? It must have taken lots of people. Thanks for sharing your plan B -- it was pretty special!

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  9. I can't image how long it took them to get all the yarn treats attached...such a labor of love...So glad you happened upon it so all of us can enjoy...

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  10. Okay - I have to admit to knowing absolutely nothing about "yarn-bombing" until reading your post - but what wonderfully creative results. It made me smile. Sometimes our Plan B is just as good as A.

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  11. what a beautiful sight that must've been!

    and maybe for april fool's day you can yarn bomb your yard and that can be your prank on your husband. ; )

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  12. Cathy - I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Don't feel obligated to play along. I just wanted to let you know that I love our friendship and I love your blog.

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  13. That looks like a lot of fun, visiting from Sarah's blog.

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  14. What fun - I've seen this on a much smaller scale at a shop that sells yarn. Its joy is in randomness of colors, patterns, and textures as well as in its impermanence. Your Plan B went very well!

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  15. How fun is that!? I've never heard of this before--I hope there was a fundraising effort involved there as well.

    I forwarded this on to my yarn-loving daughter. I'm sure she will enjoy it and may even get an idea or two.

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  16. I have never heard of "Yarn Bombing" until I read your post. This is awesome. It's so colorful and so fun. Thank you so much for sharing these photos. - I had my car TP'd once and that isn't fun but this would have been fantastic.

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  17. Now someone really deserves a metal for this, so clever is all of this. Just creative and so fun.

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