Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Blue Bear; Big Blue Chain

I'm a yarn and crochet junkie. I am always looking for awesome new patterns and really cool techniques, but what a lot of folks do not do is look for crochet in the news. Granted, I don't get to look everyday and sometimes, there just isn't anything there. Today, I found some I wanted to share:

Ladies Fancywork Society Tags 42-ft Bear Statue
As it turns out, there is a HUGE bear statue outside the Denver, Colorado Convention Center. The bear is 42 feet tall and, oddly enough, is blue.  As you can see from the picture, it's rather up close and personal to the Denver Convention Center.

So as it was, this group of crochet enthusients who call themselves the Ladies Fancywork Society have had a long-burning desire to 'yarn bomb' the bear.... and they succeeded!

This morning, on April 19th, around 4am, the ladies finished attaching an eight foot ball and chain to the blue bear.

A representative of the yarn artists stated that the ball and chain took 15 miles of yarn to make and was inscribed with the message "Slave to the Craft." The same representative said it took approximately 20 minutes to set up.

The Denver Post was invited to cover the story in the short time that the bear was wearing his ball and chain.

Unfortunately, just before 7 am, the ball and chain had been removed by convention center workers.
Personally, I think this is am amazing display of art using yarn. It is a shame it was not left up longer for more people to enjoy the craft, the humor, and the sheer effort it took to pull of this 'yarn bombing'

Brava to the Ladies Fancywork Society!

Thank you to Google for allowing me to search for photos on this - most likely taken by the Denver Post.


Carol Hughes said...

ahhh this is sooo cool!! I would have loved to see that in person!!

lissa said...

I would have like to see the bear and the yarn chain in person. sounds like fun to see it.

Coincidentally, I just posted a bear photo of a giant yellow bear, though not as big as the blue bear.

Kat said...

Hey Cris! I tried to leave a comment the other day and blogger had other ideas. Thank you for the well wishes! I am better, getting better every day. xoxo

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