Sunday, July 22, 2012

Yarnbomb the Dayton Art Institute!

Today, Sunday, July 22, is the opening day of the Superhero Summer exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute. Part of this exhibit is an open request to yarnbombers  far and wide to come yarnbomb the museum’s grounds. Yepper-do---permission granted to do some artistic yarnbombing in a place where your work will be seen by hundreds of museum goers from now through September 23.

Click here to read about the exhibit.

To participate, download the rules and release form here.

Local and infamous yarnbombers Corrine Bayraktaroglu and Nancy Mellon have already started decorating the trees and will be back for more. (DAI yarnbombing photo by Corrine Bayraktaroglu) Rumor has it that those wacky Cincinnati yarnbombers, Bombshells of Cincinnati (photo below), will be up to their shenanigans at the DAI today. To learn about the Bombshells, visit their blog or find them on Facebook: Bombshells of Cincinnati.

From Wikipedia:
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

While yarn installations--called yarn bombs or yarnstorms--may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike other forms of graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. Nonetheless, the practice is still technically illegal, though it is not often prosecuted vigorously.

While other forms of graffiti may be expressive, decorative, territorial, socio-political commentary, advertising or vandalism, yarn bombing was initially almost exclusively about reclaiming and personalizing sterile or cold public places.