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An example of yarn bombing.
ALTON — The Alton Area Yarn Bombers are announcing a call for artists, donations and volunteers to help celebrate the third annual Alton Area Yarn Bombing. The 2015 event is a community public art installation.
“In 2014, we made Third Street come alive with yarn creations,” a press release states. “In 2013, we decorated the exterior of the historic Jacoby Furniture building. We have stopped some traffic and given fun and wonder with our efforts. For 2015, we have five local venues in downtown Alton that offer a blank canvas for both indoor and outdoor installations to yarn artists of the area. Whether you knit, crochet, weave or are good at freestyle yarning, we invite you to join us in this celebration of music and public art.”
The Rock the Hops event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15. The Yarn Bomb installation will be up from Aug. 1-22.
The “Ground Crew” is soliciting volunteers to help stitch it all together and install the yarn graffiti to the streets. A yarn circle is held at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday evening at the Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd. Bring supplies; experience is not required. Participants are asked to have their installations finished by Aug. 12 and are responsible for installation and removal.
“We hope to continue this tradition for many years to come through the support of participating artists and a supportive community,” the press release states. “This event is created and overseen by volunteers. Everyone involved is strictly a volunteer. We will not be responsible for any damaged or stolen yarn installations.”