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“Yarn Bomb” installation appears at Wood County District Library PDF Print E-mail
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 09:53
A bike rack the Wood County Library is decorated with yarn as part of a 'Yarn Bomb' installation. (Photos: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
It's called a "Yarn Bomb" and it's surrounded by secrecy.
A few days ago a mysterious set of art installations started showing up on the grounds of the Wood County District Library - all made from colorful yarn. The yarn has been woven - and actually knitted - around all sorts of structures including the metal benches and even the bike racks outside the building at 251 N. Main St. in Bowling Green.
The bomb depictions include a friendly dragon and a Storybook Walk among other items.
The "perpetrators" of this guerilla rainbow action call theirs an "underground" or "anonymous" effort.
"We're a group of friends that just really love the library, and we wanted to call attention to it, bring some creativity," explained one woman who was part of the initial group of bombers.
"We have permission," she quickly added.
"We've since seen other things popping up," apparently added by other members of the general public who have been inspired to get in on the act.
A statue outside the Wood County Library is decorated with yarn as part of a 'Yarn Bomb' installation.
It's all very much in the spirit of Yarn Bombing, a trend that has popped up in other parts of the country in recent years. Some attach the labels urban knitting or graffiti knitting to the practice which, while technically illegal in some cities, is generally looked upon benignly by authorities.
Bowling Green's Yarn Bombing crew say they are motivated by the approach of the city's annual Black Swamp Arts Festival.
"We were thinking it would be fitting to have up at Black Swamp Arts weekend, considering the library's location" near the main focus of children's art and music activities, the spokesman for the bomb group explained.
The time frame for the downtown Yarn Bomb is open-ended.
"There really isn't so much an end point, but it isn't intended to be permanent," she clarified.
The group is especially proud of the yarn Story Book Walk they have created in the library's front garden, with placards in front of each installation so parents and children can read the "pages" as they walk along.
It's meant as a kind of tribute to "Extra Yarn," a Caldecott Honor-winning picture book published in 2012.

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