Yarn-bombing the Smithsonian

by Rachel Baker on August 30, 2014

This is not my normal Crafty Veteran post, but I thought it was worth sharing.

I have spent some time over the last few years roadtripping with the family from Florida to Massachusetts. Along the way, in a place that seems a bit off the beaten path, there is inevitable some yarn-bombing. I always wonder how much time it may have taken to complete. And then I think about how much someone loves their little area in the world to want to decorate it so beautifully for others to see.

If you don’t know what yarn-bombing is, there’s a link in the article, but you can also go here and see cool examples of the street art.

If you are in the Washington D.C. area, go to the museum and see the new exhibit by Japanese contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota, “Perspectives”. Its the ultimate form of upcycling to take shoes from all over a region and share the stories of those shoes rather than throwing them out.

The Smithsonian has been yarn-bombed, and is now home to nearly 400 old shoes

On Thursday night, more than 100 people used about six miles of red yarn to “yarn bomb” the Smithsonian, employing the knitted or crocheted form of street art to cover the Washington, D.C., museum’s castle garden and gates.

The “bombing” was Smithsonian-sanctioned to promote “Perspectives,” a new exhibition by Japanese contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota.

For one installation, entitled “Over the Continents,” the artist and her assistants arranged nearly 400 pairs of discarded shoes, connecting them with yarn similar to the strands that now wrap the museum’s gate’s.

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