Crocker Museum Knitted pole , Sacramento

14 Nov

I wanted to drive up to Sacramento and see the Wayne Thiebaud retrospective at The Crocker Museum. I had never been to The Crocker Museum and thought it was an old fusty space. Well the Crocker is brand new and totally spectacular, wonderful contemporary art collection with lots and lots of Thiebaud.  I especially loved a print he did of a daffodil. He is such a master of painting and his subject matter is pure joy.

There was a perfect pole right directly in front of the entrance. I try to always be as bold as possible so I decided to yarnbomb that pole. However I was not so bold that I wanted to do it while the museum was open. The security guards work very hard at that museum. So my partner and I sat in the cafe eating shockingly good hamburgers with homemade french fries. At 5 in the dark I sewed up this piece. It’s hard to thread a needle in the dark. A stock photographer came by and started taking pictures , but just of the building , not of me. It was much calmer once we were both there plying our trade.

So what’s the story with putting up knitting in front of all these museums?

Well I love art museums and we like to yarn bomb places we approve of. But there is also this funny and fun conundrum. You go to a museum to make art but you never see street art in museums because by it’s nature it has to be on a street. So we put our street art very very near the museum so you can still see it at the museum.


17 Responses to “Crocker Museum Knitted pole , Sacramento”

  1. Mattie November 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    I noticed this as I was leaving the Crocker this afternoon and was compelled to touch the frilly parts! I’ve never seen guerrilla knitting in Sacramento so I had to snap some pictures, too. I like it. I hope it stays there for a long time.

  2. michelle November 16, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    too much fun!!!

  3. Debra Scott November 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    Go Yarnbomb! Awesome work.

  4. Autumn November 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    FANTASTIC! I am so happy to see guerrilla knitting in Sacramento!

  5. Amanda November 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    I hope it stays too! I love street color and this is my first exposure to yarnbombing! Maybe there can be more yarnbombing in Sacramento or street color for that matter.

  6. PainterWoman November 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    Bravo! Ravelry/Revelry: viva les purls.

  7. ted November 27, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Loved your YarnBomb! Yes, Art outside as well as in… it was a fusty old place when I was a kid… not any more! I’ll send you some photos I took if you like… I got one with the fusty old place in the background… please visit TedBook.wordpress, and keep up the good work!

  8. Sandy December 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I was at the Museum the day after the yarn bombing — and they accused me of doing it! I was there again today, and the accusations flew once again. Of course, I denied it, and said I wouldn’t snitch. The exec director loves it, btw.

    • streetcolor December 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you Sandy I enjoyed the directors’ comment in the Sacbee article.

  9. Kari December 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I pay homage to your lovely piece of guerrilla knitting every morning when I run past it on my normal morning run. Thank you for sharing this lovely piece of art!! 🙂

    • streetcolor December 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Kari Thanks! I hope you like the second piece.

  10. Martha Kight December 10, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    I think you’re gonna be REALLY happy with this news! Your yarnbomb was not only embraced by the Crocker, look what it inspired!!! I’m REALLY hoping I can take the class!! If you can’t open the facebook link below – they are giving a “Nuts about Knitting” class starting in January (All levels), and on the FB announcement it says: “If you were inspired by the yarn creation on the street pole outside of the Museum, join our “Nuts About Knitting” class starting January 18.”

    AWESOME! Textile Arts RULE! ANd thank you for the Yarnbomb in my neighborhood!

    • streetcolor December 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

      Thanks Martha I liked seeing the post.Your enthusiasm makes me really happy!

  11. Davin White February 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    My girlfriend fixed the tag on your crocker piece today as a random museum goer asked if it was some kind of defacing grafitti


  12. Arzu March 10, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    you should yarn bomb with us on June 18th at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA

  13. streetcolor December 19, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Thanks for the charming blog-your pictures are great. I love goats.


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