This post aired yesterday on my other endeavor The Whiskey City Collaborative.
Sometimes downtown Peoria can seem awfully cold. Those large one-way streets, concrete parking decks, and the crowds that leave at 5 make what should be a colorful place pretty drab.
But Peoria is bursting at the seams with creative people. So much so, they have taken to that drab landscape and covered it with color. You’ll notice a couple pieces of art downtown have gotten some new holiday sweaters.
The Prairie Fiber Arts Guild wove together some pieces of art for the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists going on from October 15th to November 15th. They bombed various sculptures around downtown with their weapon of choice – yarn.
Cedric The Dragon: Bombed
In Memory Of The River People: Bombed
This Random Bike Rack: Bombed
Imagine if your grandmother knitted you a piece of artwork instead of that sweater you were told you were going to grow into. Yarn bombing is a global phenomenon. Part street art and part friendly graffiti, covering objects with yarn has been seen in urban areas all around the world.
See what we mean?
It’s awesome to see something like this happening in Peoria. Downtown needs more life and more imagination. We’ve ripped down buildings and moved away into the hillside, but weaving together art with the city is the best way to stitch back the urban fabric we’ve lost over the decades. File yarn bombing under: Love It.