Yarn bombing the square

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The art gallery is about to undergo major refurbishment, and will be closed for two years. As the building has recently been emptied in preparation for this, an open day invited us to draw on its empty walls. An accompanying yarn bomb event (more here and here) saw the gallery frontage and nearby parts of Exhibition Square decorated with colour.

Knitted hearts hanging from black-painted railings

On the railings of King’s Manor, knitted hearts.

Crocheted flower panel, decorating a public bench

Beautified bench …

Bicycle decorated with textiles

Brightened bicycle …

Knitted pigeons on stone ledge (1)

Particularly impressed by the pigeons. This is a proper ’sense of place’. Sitting in Exhibition Square towards the end of the afternoon I’ve noticed how many pigeons congregate here, one afternoon watched their courtship routines. Flying rats? Not quite. Some pigeons have won medals, and they’re actually extremely intelligent. Which is perhaps why they hang around the art gallery so much.

Admittedly the knitted ones don’t have the droppings mess …

Knitted pigeons on stone ledge (2)

The knitted pigeon on the left is, I believe, the famous ‘Peckasso’. Featured in the publicity for this event.

Really nice to see inside our art gallery before its long closure, but this associated event in the square outside was to me the highlight.

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