Bear’s Knit Sweater Stolen in North Vancouver

vancouver yarn bombingThe North Vancouver yarn bombing has been controversial since before it began. A public art project of the North Vancouver Community Arts Council, the plan was to place knit graffiti in various places around the city to attract attention and interest and get people excited about art.

Sounds good, right? It probably would have been fine until the council asked for $7,500 from the city to fund the project, which originally was turned down and then approved a week later when one of the dissenters was absent.

The yarn pieces were made by more than 120 knitters of all ages and skill levels, the council reports, but what should have been a heartwarming story about the power of art to bring people together turned sour when someone stole the knit covering off a bear statue in a corner park. The council says it will take the sweater back no questions asked if the thief has a change of heart.

I wonder what compel someone to want to steal knitting? Thoughts? Spill it!

[Photo by Paul McCrath/ Vancouver Sun.]


  1. Hillary says

    I would be fine seeing the random knitted projects on trees and such but to have it on a statue of a bear that is someone else’s art, would be an eye sore. I personally would be mad if that was a statue that I created or even someone I knew, I would take it off if that was the case.

  2. Margie says

    Maybe the thief’s own pet bear was cold and s/he knew s/he would never be able to knit as nice of a cover for it?!??

  3. Denise says

    Maybe they found themselves locked out of their house without a key and without a coat and were so thankful to be able to use the Bear’s sweater. What the heck would you do with it afterwards. Hopefully return it or give it to someone else who needs it! :o)

  4. Denise says

    Just thought of this…have you checked the homeless in your city? Maybe one of them has it. I guess I’m just hoping the person who took it really needed it! :p BTW that would be a neat project ….hang knit sweaters on statues all over the city for people to use if they need one. :o)

  5. Jess says

    Maybe someone didn’t like the sort of back handed way of getting funding (although it certainly doesn’t make it ok to steal!) or maybe they didn’t like seeing one form of art covered by another. Although, I imagine it is probably just some thoughtless act of meanness.

  6. Mary Lou says

    They can’t knit and have no one to knit for them, if so, we should pity them. They don’t think that the bear needed a sweater as he has fur. They think yarn bombing to attract attention to the arts is a poor choice of publicity. They hate art. Perhaps all of these, whatever it is, they leave us poorer for their meanspiritedness.

  7. Christine says

    Not sure if I agree with the $7,500…I think I would be upset even though I’m a crafter, too. What was the money used for? Yarn? I was also under the impression that Yarn Bombing was supposed to be a covert, annonymous act, not a highly publisized political statement backed by government funds. As to the bear, I do agree with the opinion that covering one piece of art with another was not as an effective use of Yarn Bombing as would be covering trees, lamp posts, benches, etc. Create art, don’t cover it.

  8. OHSue says

    I don’t agree with the city funding the project even as an avid knitter and a lover of yarn bombing. I also don’t think covering one person’s art with your own is appropriate. Sorry the knitter lost her sweater, but wrong way to fund it and wrong to put graffiti on someone else’s art. Do you think it would have been OK to spray paint it, and ask the city to pay for the paint just because you happen to think the bear looks like it ‘just needs some thing else.’

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