This is the 18th Century staircase of the Palazza Ducale , – yarnbombed by the Argentinian artist Licia Santuz as the prelude for the yarnbombing of the entire city of Genova Italy . Nov 15 2012
So this is the plan – in March 2013 the entire port city of Genova will be yarnbombed or as they say in Italy ” bombarded with yarn ” . The city has set up more than a hundred different locations for people to meet and knit - including libraries , senior homes , civil service buildings , youth organizations and even a prison . A prison ! Oh I’d love to see the prisoners yarnbombing.
It’s expected that hundreds , probably thousands of people will participate . The stated goal is to overcome discord between many different generations and use yarnbombing as a method to weave them all together . And the prisoners too .
This is very moving to me . I wake up every morning thinking I really should get a more reasonable interest than yarnbombing to dwell on . Like phone apps . Or industrial welding . Then as I read about this yarnbombing plan I feel everything that I hold as so important – how yarnbombing includes everyone as an art form , how it expands this pleasurable social activity of knitting into some thing grander and more heroic , how enveloping a city in the every day creativity of it’s inhabitants is so appealing and magnetically attractive .
Maybe I’m not so silly after all.
You have to keep wondering how much further can yarnbombing go ? Maybe a continent ……