"Yarn Bombing" Hits Downtown Yonkers
Knit Street Art on Display on Public Spaces at Van der Donck Park
(“Yarn Bombing” in Downtown Yonkers at Van De Donck Park)
YONKERS, NY – July 3, 2014 – The City of Yonkers and the Hudson River Museum this week launched its “yarn bombing” project in downtown Yonkers, featuring knit and crocheted street art on public spaces. On display through September 14, the art exhibit is designed to promote the Hudson River Museum’s summer exhibition, Mandy Greer: The Ecstatic Moment, which features fiber art. The “yarn bombing” will be placed on public spaces such as the bike rings, park benches, the foot bridge and parking meters on the streets flanking Van der Donck Park.
A relatively recent form of street art that employs colorful displays of knits or crochet and other fiber material instead of paint in public spaces, “yarn bombing” involves the artist creating a “tag” which replicates a sleeve already made to fit the object being “bombed.” Yarn bombers use zip ties or sew up the side to close it, leaving no permanent marks where it is installed.
“Yonkers is quickly gaining notoriety as a destination city for artists to live, work and exhibit,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “Thanks to the Hudson River Museum, our downtown district will be beautifully put on display this summer, showcasing the arts and talents of our city and its residents. I invite all to visit downtown Yonkers and stroll along our revitalized waterfront and appreciate the unique art work.”
Under the leadership of the Hudson River Museum’s Teaching Artist in Residence Sarah Divi of Yonkers, several volunteers donated yarn bombing pieces over the last month. The group of dedicated volunteers installed the yarn bombs in Van der Donck Park this week. Also in time for July 4th, crocheted American flags have been hung behind the park’s Gold Star Mothers statue and on the foot bridge crossing the daylighted Saw Mill River. Divi will be at the museum each month assisting visitors to create arts projects in fiber arts.
“Yarn is usually preserved for home/family life or commercial use, but in Van der Donck Park we can see yarn as public art”, stated Hudson River Museum Director of Education, Jennifer Patton. “Full of color and texture, these knitted pieces were created by the community for the community in order to share the celebration of fiber art this summer at Hudson River Museum.”
The “yarn bombing” exhibit is inspired by the Hudson River Museum’s latest exhibit by Seattle-based artist Mandy Greer who creates visionary worlds from mythology, fairy tales and from the mundane and magic of everyday life. The sewing machine and crochet hook are her tools, fabric and objects from the natural world her medium. Her work will be on display this summer at the museum featuring a site specific installation of birds, chandeliers, and figures draped in costume.
At the end of July, a new yarn display will be installed in Van der Donck Park. Among large scale blue netting visitors will see granny squares in a fish pattern installed above eye level within the park, and as the wind blows the fish will seem to swim with ease and grace as though they were in the river flowing behind it.