Yarn Bombing

A womanly art becomes urban graffiti.

Jessie Hemmons got sick of the Rocky Statue in Philadelphia, so she took action:

“Go see the art,” is on its front.

From the NY Times:

“Street art and graffiti are usually so male dominated,” Ms. Hemmons said. “Yarn bombing is more feminine. It’s like graffiti with grandma sweaters.”

Yarn bombing takes that most matronly craft (knitting) and that most maternal of gestures (wrapping something cold in a warm blanket) and transfers it to the concrete and steel wilds of the urban streetscape. Hydrants, lampposts, mailboxes, bicycles, cars — even objects as big as buses and bridges — have all been bombed in recent years, ever so softly and usually at night.

It is a global phenomenon, with yarn bombers taking their brightly colored fuzzy work to Europe, Asia and beyond. In Paris, a yarn culprit has filled sidewalk cracks with colorful knots of yarn. In Denver, a group called Ladies Fancywork Society has crocheted tree trunks, park benches and public telephones. Seattle has the YarnCore collective (“Hardcore Chicks With Sharp Sticks”) and Stockholm has the knit crew Masquerade. In London, Knit the City has “yarnstormed” fountains and fences. And in Melbourne, Australia, a woman known as Bali conjures up cozies for bike racks and bus stops.

Here’s a google page of pictures of mostly yarn bombing.

3 thoughts on “Yarn Bombing

  1. There was an instance of this (or an installation) on the University of Texas campus. Someone wrapped trees in yarn. Thought it was a really beautiful piece. Some photos here:
    The Yarn Bomb drops in Austin

  2. I saw that (just by chance- I was driving by) when it was up and loved it. I’m just sorry it didn’t last longer. (In defense of the Philadelphia Art Museum, which is very nice, it really didn’t want the Rocky statute, but was more or less made to take it.)

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