This installation started when I presented the idea of yarnbombing the inside of the Oakland Museum to The Oakland Standard.
No really - the idea started last year when The Russian and I were yarnbombing the museums of California. We thought it would be interesting to put yarnbombing on the street and in parking lots around museums . People are there to see art anyway so we thought it would be a pleasurable sensation to see knitted art on the way in and out of the museum.
I always think it is good to see knitted art any where , any time . The color and softness is relaxing and centering.
So during this period of yarnbombing museums I had gone over to The Oakland Museum of California and had measured the various poles on Oak street at the entrance . I had gone in to the museum and had looked over the collection to find pieces that I wanted to reference in the yarnbombing.
As I go along making art I naturally want to make bigger and more ambitious installations. After I had yarnbombed several museums I wanted to yarnbomb the inside of a museum. Actually my idea was to yarnbomb the inside and the outside of a museum , to use the street as a gallery for many international yarnbombers and in addition to make a yarnbomb collaboratively with a bunch of knitters to go in the museum . So my idea had three parts. This was the idea I presented to The Oakland Standard.
The day I gave my presentation I walked all around the museum and quickly decided to do the bannisters going into the museum, the bannisters going down into the museum , the bannisters going into the garden , 2 chairs , 2 benches and a tree . I wanted the installation to be so big that you couldn’t dismiss it as just cute .
.These pictures are of the 8 bannisters going down into the garden.
The 8 bannisters are all this simple rectangular shape. I decided to knit them all in the same pattern of colors so that all 8 would connect as one piece. They look like they are walking – striding up the stairs of the garden.
The gardens at The Oakland Museum are free and are a great place to feel cool and peaceful . I’ve noticed that children in the garden play vigorously with the knitting and it is always sliding down the legs of the bannisters . This looks pretty good I think - although I do tidy them.
This whole yarnbombing installation is meant to be touched and everyone touches and rubs the knitting as they go by. I don ‘t know if they even notice that they are doing it but even if they don’t notice - they are enjoying it.
We are all pretty lost in the little details of our lives . Art is always trying to surprise us into coming alive for a moment . Some artists use a shock in their art to disturb people awake. I’m taking objects that are very boring and unseen and making them jump out with bright knitting. Art is a great way to play.
Fun pictures of the installation at The Oakland Standard here