Lynn Cornelius, Instructor
School of Art and Design
University of Northern Colorado
Subject: Yarn Bombing Event Set in Downtown Greeley
It’s unusual when one can tie the words ‘graffiti’, ‘bombing’, and ‘benevolent’ to describe the same event, but that is precisely how a special downtown art exhibit has been expressed. Specifically, the Downtown Greeley Bus Transfer stop at 919 7th Street will be the site for a special “Yarn Bombing” installation this month. For those unfamiliar with the term, ‘yarn bombing’ is a contemporary art form in which yarn, crocheted or knitted, is harmlessly wrapped around a common objects, such as public street furniture or structures. The artists who install the artwork do so to add interest and whimsy to everyday objects that might otherwise be taken for granted. Since the work is temporary, benign, and often installed without notice, permission, or knowledge by the owner of the yarn bombing ‘target’, it is commonly viewed as a benevolent form of graffiti.
The Downtown Greeley Yarn Bombing project is the product of UNC Arts and Design School instructor Lynn Cornelius who has engaged her Fiber Design students to create an art piece that blends ‘composition, color, quality of craft, and creative collaboration’ into a project that brings attention to a part of their environment which is often overlooked. In this case, students selected – with City of Greeley permission - a bus shelter, offering a covering associated with warmth in cold months for those waiting for transportation. This bus shelter is located within the Greeley Creative District, an area of the community which had been recognized locally and at the state level for its concentration of ‘Creatives’ and wide range of artistic offerings.
Though many yarn bombing installations are more clandestine, the UNC students will be installing their piece starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10th and a special reception on site is planned later that day from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Library and City GTV8 lobby area for those who would like to see the finished project and discuss its creation with the class members and instructor. The yarn sculpture will be up until Tuesday, December 16th. For those interested in learning more about fiber and yarn art the Lincoln Park Library, also located at this site, will have a special display of yarn craft books and resources in its lobby showcase.