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What the world needs now... is a new post series where I will highlight the goodness that is going on in our local community and the world at large.

I discovered this visual fun while I was walking back to my car after lunch downtown. The bright colours and the fact the posts were wearing knitted toques (hats for my American friends) made me pause, smile and quickly grab my camera.

I did some google research when I got home and discovered that Calgary has a "Art Bomber" (who knew?) and inspired by the Yarn Bomber (once again, who knew!!) worked with the Happy Hookers (love the name) to crochet hats for this visual artistic installment. A little more info can be found here on this project.

Why would anyone do this? what exactly is the purpose?
I know some people will think this is silly and maybe even borderlines on graffiti.

However, I don't.

It made me smile (and I am assuming in a city of million people there are others as well) and that matters.

It creates depth, character to our city. A little artistic edge and culture - we need that, it's important.

It shows people care. The happy hookers took the time to be part of a community and work together.

In my limited research this subculture's (that was virtually unknown to me until today) mission seems to be to beautify our spaces with art and in the process "bring art closer to the public, to bring a little fun and whimsy into people’s lives, and to make them think." (Calgary Art Bomber)

I am intrigued by this whole concept and will be doing additional research. I encourage you to take a look at the Yarn Bombing website as there are some great pictures of art installments that have been carried out elsewhere in the world. (click here)

I was very taken with this

now I just need to learn how to crochet/knit!


One Response to what the world needs now…more yarn bombing

  1. Nicole says:

    How awesome is that!! I especially love the “cherry blossom” tree in Vancouver! Reminds me of the movie “Franklin and the Green Knight”. My boys have always loved watching that movie at this time of year. Franklin goes off in search of spring and the cherry blossom tree!! Thanks for the “feel good” post… I think I will go pull out that movie again!!!

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