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Yarn bomber adorns Denver statue

Image: Kyle Williams and Denver Post

Kyle Williams stands under the fiber art he created. Image: Kyle Williams and Denver Post

I’ve been fascinated by yarn bombing since some bombers received a grant to decorate a fence in Denver a few years ago. But most yarn bombing is a form of graffiti, street art often created on the sly.

Now the latest Denver example has appeared — a Colorado state flag Speedo. The swimwear is the creation of Kyle Williams, a guerrilla artist and musician whose daily drives frequently take him past the scrawny nude statues — Jonathan Borofsky’s “The Dancers” at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. It’s an improvement, I think.

I love Williams’ creativity and his execution. I love that he boldly installed his art at midday yesterday instead of in the middle of the night. I love that a police officer stood by and watched while the art was installed.

Yarn bombing is said to have originated in Houston, Texas, in 2005 and has since spread worldwide. I like to think it is well received everywhere because it is creative, colorful, does no damage, and is easily removed. What’s not to like?

A few yarn bombing examples from around the world:

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Or just mosey over to Google images and OD on yarn bombs.


  1. I don’t know if that’s an improvement, but it is pretty cool. I wonder if the other “dancer” is jealous? Love the slideshow too. My favorite has got to be the bull! 😀

    • It’s an improvement if you aren’t crazy about the statues, which I’m not.

      I can’t decide on a favorite, but the bull is definitely one of the better ones. Of course, it really helped to have that awesome Wall Street bull in the neighborhood …

  2. I wish I knew how to knit. My mother tried to teach me when I was a kid, but I never got into it. Now that I might like to do it, I’d need to go out and get some new glasses–even if my hands were steady enough for it, which they aren’t, anymore. (Good thing I didn’t become a surgeon. My career would be over right about now.)

    • Somebody showed me the basic stitch when I was a kid. Also the basic crochet move. Neither looked very hard, but I didn’t pick it up. There was a knitter in my college dorm who cranked out the most fantastic sweaters. All those intricate designs and stitches — that is really an art. And wearable!

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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