Knitting bombing might sound dangerous in a cute, ironic sort of way, but it’s hard to think of a guerrilla art movement less threatening than ‘yarn bombing.’
Catching on across the globe, knitters and crocheters have taken their grandmother’s favourite pastime to a whole new level as textiles like yarn and wool continue to pop up in contemporary art – and cover lampposts, park benches, trees and tanks, depending on where you look. Make no mistake, the artists behind the public acts of fuzzy vandalism, or yarn graffiti, as some have called it, are serious about pushing the boundaries of their tongue-in-cheek work. The often non-threatening and easily removable projects carry enough appeal that they’re usually left alone long enough to send a message.
Notable examples of British knitting bombing is Antony Gormley’s Iron Men sculptures which have received the unexpected protection of woolly all-in-ones to shield them from the coastal winds.
Here a London cab was covered in a similar pink number:
Anyone who fancies themselves as a guerrilla knitter can pick up their needles and wool and take part in International Yarn Bombing Day on June 9 every year or just add their own creations to public spaces whenever they like! You can also visit some of the knitted creations that are still on public display by using www.knitthecity.com’s map that pinpoints the location of each one!