The 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.]