I have always been ambivalent about the concept of ‘yarn bombing.’ Part of me was concerned about the use of yarn to cover an object that, functionally, doesn’t really require it. Yesterday, however, my mind was changed. I found myself driving in Phibsborough in North Dublin which is a very old Victorian part of the city full of red brick houses. During the day it is usually a bottle neck full of stationary traffic. To a driver Phibsborough just means a boring traffic jam. NO LONGER THOUGH. People suffering at traffic lights merely need to take a glance at the pavements for a visual treat:
(Bohs is the abbreviation for the local soccer team ‘Bohemians.’ )
At the moment I find myself driving almost daily through this part of the city and I have to admit that my mind has so changed about using yarn to decorate a place and to bring joy to the people in an area. I don’t quite know the background to the community of people who created this but I am so glad that they did. I now look forward to the traffic lights going red so that I can enjoy these pieces of pavement art. A big thank you to all involved.