Yarnbombing And The Safeway Fence

27 Feb

This construction fence started my whole felt bombing project . This is not a bad fence , it’s just a very big domineering fence . I looked at this fence and wanted to yarnbomb  it.

I’d been thinking a lot about chain link fences and how they make us feel . This big fence went up suddenly and really changed the neighborhood visually. I felt kind of pushed aside by it and it made me think about – who decides what we have to look at ?

We look at so many things every day that advertisers are making us look at . Plus bill boards . Construction projects . Harsh metal fences on empty abandoned corners.

It makes me want to cover everything with knitting .

I’ve gotten a little soft in my yarnbombing after spending so much time doing The Oakland Museum commission. I was really jittery about yarnbombing this big , public privately owned corporate fence. This is good , it’s important to go towards what scares us.

I started yarnbombing by walking all the way around the fence looking for the right spot and for security guards. A well equipped guard walked slowly by . I decided he was guarding The Bank Of America. Wiring , wiring , I got a heart up in 5 different squares. And they didn’t look right at all ! .

I realized that the 5 hearts together were a new art piece and they needed composition .  Composing an installation is the same as composing a piece . I took them all down and started all over. Very nerve wracking.

And then I thought ” Oh what the heck , what”s the worst thing any one can do to me ? Yell ? “

That’s when the meter maid pulled up and started ticketing my car .

I decided that I should group all the heart tightly on 2 panels . I wanted the color and the pattern of the hearts to be startling and strong .As I wired them up the fence began to look like an art show. People began to stop and look and take pictures.  I knew then that I had gotten it right.

This was installation was only up for 2 days before someone – probably the fence owner – took it all down. I knew that it was extremely likely that this would happen and I wanted to do it anyway. For most street art it only lasts as a picture and I was very happy that I knuckled down and took the time to make an installation that would make a fine photo. All the rest of the hearts are still up and I get to see them as I drive all around.

    Berkeleyside had a contest to identify all 6 yarnbombed hearts installations. The prize was a box of chocolate. i really wanted to enter , I could have won for sure . The contest here.

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One Response to “Yarnbombing And The Safeway Fence”

  1. Kelly, Arte Styling February 27, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I love what you are doing…and find it so crazy that anyone would want to take your hearts down! what harm is it doing? where is the beauty in that ugly fence? I completely agree that these sorts of changes in our environments have a major impact on how we feel…and something like a chain link fence does NOT make us feel good. hearts, on the other hand, have a warm, fuzzy connotation.

    keep doing what you do! it makes a difference. it may seem to last only a moment, but smiles are contagious, and one smile a day can turn into 100.

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