Yarn Bombing in Baltimore

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013

Being somewhat of an urbanist, I had heard of the art of yarn bombing and seen pictures.  It had become so popular that even Time Magazine ran a digital photo article, “The Art of Yarn Bombing” with some great photos of tanks and buses covered in yarn.  Yarn bombing has been around for a while but, I never had the personal experience of coming across any actual yarn bombing.  Recently, on a family trip to Baltimore, Maryland we were in Highlandtown and walked down to Eastern Ave and Conkling Street where the street was scattered with trees, parking meters, parking signs, light poles and benches that had been yard bombed.  It was an amazing site the transformed the street in to some type of suessical world.  The splash of color and the variety of patterns was amazing.  It was clear that you had arrived at a special place.  In the middle of it all is a yard bombed statue of Frank Zappa (a native Baltimorean) with a Santa hat and beard. After our visit I decided to do a little research and found that the community has embraced the practice of yarn bombing so much so that the local merchants association has helped to fund the project as seen in this report from Fox 45, “Yarn Bombing in Highlandtown.”

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