|Moscow Yarn Bomb|
|Outside Cleveland, OH City Hall, 2008|
|London Phone Booth|
Is yarn bombing here to stay? Sure. It's street art. Graffiti, chalk art, Lego art, and yarn bombing are the visual art cousins of street performers who sing, dance, make living statues, and more. Every way that people find to express themselves makes its way into a public venue. Graffiti dates back to cave paintings. Protest songs were documented in medieval times. It's not going anywhere.
|"Lego" Bridge, Germany 2012 by MGEX|
This Lego bridge in Germany was painted with permission from city officials, and took almost 4 weeks to complete.
The city of London has allowed installation of Lego Underground maps at 5 subway stations.
|Lego Map, London Underground|
So is it art? Art has always been in the eye of the beholder. That said, many well known artists began their public careers as "guerrilla" artists. Keith Haring and Shepard Fairey immediately come to mind.
|Keith Haring - Brooklyn Subway Art|
Other artists, like Christo, Picasso, and many more, begin their careers indoors, and move to outdoor installations after they've made a name for themselves.
We are witnessing the birth of a new form of public expression. Some of these artists are already receiving invitations and commissions to install their art by invitation.
|Mural by Shepard Fairey|
If you see some yarn bombing, snap a photo. Post it on your Facebook page. Share the experience! Organize a yarn bombing of your own. Or scan Twitter and Tumblr for artists who are looking for support for a planned yarn bomb. Join in!