There were 65 yarnbombed trees in this unprecedented and unparalleled yarnbombing action called Knit n ‘ Tag in Ruttopuisto Park , Helsinki , Finland . Aug 25 until Sept 27 2012 .
3 Great Things About This
1 This yarnboming of Ruttopuisto park was organized by The Youth Department of Helsinki part of The World Design Capitol 2012 programs . Ruttopuisto Park is also called ” Old Church Park “and “ Plague Park . “
2 . The Youth Department took pictures of all the trees in the park and invited any one in Finland to pick a tree and cover it . You could make anything you wanted , no jurying , everyone was welcome . If you couldn’t make a whole tree you could just send a little piece of knitting and it would get sewn into something bigger . The Exhibition was named Knit n ‘ Tag .
3 . The day of the installation there was a huge party , 4000 people came , there was music , food and contests. For weeks after ward people flocked the park to stroll around all the yarnbombed the trees and take pictures .
Lets look at what it took just to make one tree by Palone Design Concepts Store .
The Tree of Dreams
Molla Mills , one of the designers at Paloni , made the directions for a crocheted chain . 4 workshops were set up to make chain and tens of crocheters aged 4 to 82 obsessively crocheted chain . Paloni also decided to include little signs that described peoples’ dreams for the new City Library . The finished chain was 130 meters , roughly 650 meters of crocheting .
Their message was ” textile graffiti brings joy , brings joy and cures our handicraft trauma . “
so that’s 2 of the 65 trees. more here .
Here are a few more of the yarnbombed trees from this lavish art exhibition.
these beautiful pictures are by Susanna . her blog is here
So I have 3 things to say about this
a. Part of what is great about yarnbombing is it includes everyone , anyone can do it anytime , children , new knitters , serious artist, lone yarnbombers , youth groups , old age homes , anyone who wants to . This is an amazing terrific exhibition and it had no jury .
b. The Art World is so compressed , only a few people can get to be artists . What if everyone was welcomed to be an artist ? What if woman’s work was considered as something worth looking at ? Well covering a whole park of trees with textiles - it lets you look .
c. I’ve always been excited to find one yarnbombed tree . 65 trees ! I had to look at a few and then go take some deep breaths . I can’t grasp how many people enjoyed getting to yarnbomb.
As well as the 65 trees Knit n’ Tag also yarnbombed this lovely gold plastic cow.