Ever pass by a pole in Berkeley, not really paying attention because, well, it’s a pole. And then just as your about to walk by it, pass it off as just another pole, you halt in shock: this pole is covered in pretty woolen colors. Oh yes, Berkeley and the Bay Area’s community has some valuable members who are so filled with delightfulness (at least we think so) that they want to cover our city in knitted art.
These Yarn Bombers call themselves Streetcolor and prefer to remain anonymous. On her blog she claims anonymity because she wants, “the work to be just about itself and not about our egos and being very important.” The group consists of herself (the blogger) and her assistant who she dubbed “The Russian.”
The blogger states that Streetcolor’s plans are to infest Berkeley streets — in a good way — with knitting. She likes the idea of, “people running into art on the street while they are just in their regular life, of art being ordinary but provocative and beautiful.”
Recently, the Yarn Bombers decorated a stop sign on Warring Street at Derby, which stands as a memorial for five-year old Zachary Michael Cruz, who was hit by a car there while crossing in February 2009. There was a request to bring more color to this pole. “We have had some other requests for poles that I had shuffled around and not gotten to, but I immediately wanted to do this one,” wrote the blogger. “It was very relaxing to have cars rhythmically stopping at the stop sign and some people rolled down their windows and encouraged us. I think the knitting looks comforting on the pole and encouraging of life.”