Saw this on KQED, thought some of the crafty types here would appreciate it. I hadn’t seen these, but now I want to:
The retired nurse has lived in San Francisco for 43 years. On a recent trek from BART, she spotted adorable knitted animals near City Hall: chameleons with leopard spots, brown fuzzy otters and giraffes licking branches with long pink tongues.
Which brings us to Robin’s question: What’s the story behind the knitted creatures on the trees in Civic Center?
As I said, I’d never noticed them, but I’ll definitely go a block out of my way next time I’m nearby. SF might not be any good at addressing dystopian income inequality, homelessness, housing shortages, or transit, but we’re rarely hurting for cool public art.
What Robin saw in the Civic Center were yarn bombs: street art made from knitted or crocheted fabric. They can be as simple as a green snake wrapped around a bike rack or as elaborate as covering an entire bridge. It’s been called a feminist answer to graffiti.[…] “Yarn bombing is the perfect way to make something and then put it somewhere that is not our closet,” Jill says, laughing.
The short read/video is just really heartwarming. It made me feel like maybe things are kind of okay. Pretty weird!