Yarnbombing The Oakland Museum – Part 5

14 Dec

I’ve never yarnbombed a tree before.  Well I suppose it’s possible that you never have either. I’ve actually been sort of opposed to yarnbombing trees. I like the contrast of soft cushy bright yarn againest hard dry metal , how knitting looked on a sterile street . Trees are already so beautiful and nature tends to out do us as artists .  But I saw this tree in the central garden of The Oakland Museum and I wanted to include it as part of the yarnbombing installation . As part of the art of the museum.

.When yarnbombers wrap a tree in a thick blanket of knitting I always worry about if the tree is going to like it. I felt that the tree wouldn’t object to a knitted piece of jewelry though –  so I knitted up a bunch of i – cord on my little knitting machine and made this sash .

I like contrast in my art as I just mentioned and I was pleased with the sensation if the rough bark next to the round knitting .  I made the security guard help me tie this sash onto the tree . She was a bit dubious .

This is a very small yarnbomb , just a gesture , but it is part of the idea of yarnbombing the bannisters , furniture and garden of a museum. We go to a museum to see art and so we look at the paintings and sculpture and we think  ” OH – Art ! ‘.

But everything around us is also interesting to look at and feel . Trees especially.

I’m thankful for the rest trees have given me.

I’m not sure what this spanish blog says but the pictures are great here

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One Response to “Yarnbombing The Oakland Museum – Part 5”

  1. Monica December 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    This decoration and the artist’s intent with it remind me of the way some trees are denoted in Japan as being special in the Shinto religion: http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/shrine-guide-2.shtml#shimenawa . I think something similar is done in Thailand too, and probably other countries/cultures/religions.

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