Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eye candy bombing

 Image credit: Picocool | Olek | BNPS

In a time when the media is filled with terrorist attacks and suicide bombing we have people doing a different type of bombing. Yarn bombing. You heard it right. It is a phenomenon happening in London, Morocco, Russia and other parts of the world. It is simply put people decorating public places with colorful knitted or crocheted pieces of yarn. A removable type of graffiti. Unlike real bombing where people actually get hurt, yarn bombing does not hurt anyone. Unless you have some kind of yarn phobia of course.

According to Wikipedia it first started in Texas and since spread to other places. Some claim that release of the book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti was the main source to spread this phenomenon to all the corners of the earth.

There are some that do this type of artwork to make a statement, whereas there are some that does it just for the fun of it. Such is the case of Olek, an artist that clearly got annoyed with the Charging Bull in Wall Street. On Christmas eve she decorated it pink and purple and videotaped herself doing so.

As I was researching this I found that there is a whole world of these type of bombers. They have even declared June 11th as the official yarn bombing day. There will be events all over to celebrate this day.

Is this your kind of thing? Then be sure to save the date.

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