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‘Yarn Bombing’ art installation planned for Griffintown Park

Example of yarn bombing art installation. Photo: Shrewdcat, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

FERNDALE, Wash. — Beginning this weekend, drivers and walkers can expect to see the result of a “yarn bombing” art installation expected to add color to trees in Griffintown Park. The Ferndale Arts Commission (FAC) announced crocheted yarn art will be installed on the tree trunks in the park using sections created by the public.

According to Wikipedia, “Yarn bombing (or yarnbombing) is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. It is also called wool bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting.”

FAC hosted a free online class showing how to make the crocheted sections. FAC worked with a Bellingham yarn retailer who provided a discount on supplies.

Those with completed sections are asked to bring them to Griffintown Park for the installation on Saturday, March 20th, at 1pm.

Since the Ferndale Municipal Code states, “No person shall destroy, injure, deface, obscure or remove any structures, signs, equipment or vegetation in any City park,” Ferndale Communications Officer Riley Sweeney said FAC had been working “for some time” with the Public Works Director to obtain permission for the art installation. “The installation is permitted to be up for 2 months,” Sweeney said.

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