October 28th, 2015 ~ Vol. 85 No. 42
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Blairmore’s Gazebo Park yarn bombed
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
Ezra Black Photo
Seven-year old Neleta Crombie yarn bombing a tree in Blairmore’s Gazebo Park on Sunday, October 26.
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Guerilla artists attacked Gazebo Park in Blairmore on Sunday , October 25th leaving colourful quilts on benches and cozy looking trees.

The art attack, commonly known as a yarn bombing, was committed by a loosely affiliated group of creative types called Crowsnest Pass Creative Minds who wanted to show their love for the community.

“For us, the Afghan is a real metaphor for comfort and for care,” said Karen Paton, Creative Minds spokesperson. “We felt the Crowsnest Pass needed some of that and we wanted to show how much we love the Crowsnest Pass and how much we care for it.”

Paton said the community needed some cheering up following the sad month of September that saw three residents fall victim to homicides.

About two-dozen volunteers, including local Girl Guides, turned out for the event. They outfitted trees, a park bench and the gazebo with about 89 cubic meters of quilt.

The Afghans, quilts and throws were donated or purchased and planning the event took over a month. The group has yarn bombed before; they secretly coverd a rock by the railway in blankets several months ago but were rebuked by Canadian Pacific Railway for their efforts because they were not authorized to do so.

This time they have permission from the municipality. The installation will be taken down next week.
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“We’ve never done it with permission before because it’s guerilla art,” said Paton. “It’s graffiti with wool.”

Yarn bombing, which is also known as guerrilla knitting, kniffiti or graffiti knitting is a global phenomenon where knitted fiber is used to make street art.

It can be form of civil disobedience such as when Dutch artist Marianne Jorgensen famously covered a combat tank, which was used in World War II, with knitted and crocheted squares made with pink yarn as a protest against the Danish involvement in the war in Iraq.

Crowsnest Pass Creative Minds was recently created to be a collaborative platform for the community’s artists.

“I was seeing how many creative people were in our community and I wanted to connect them,” said group founder Nichole Yanota. “There is a strong art community here and I think the Crowsnest Pass should become known as a creative destination.”

“I also wanted them to have a platform to create action,” she added.
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