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City Hall Gets Bombed Tonight

Philadelphia YarnbombingNo, the authorities need not be alerted. By “bombed” I mean yarnbombed.

But it got your attention didn’t it?

In honor of FiberPhiladelphia 2012, local fiber artists have given City Hall’s interior a cozier feel, adorning the northeast corridor with a variety of knit and woven masterpieces in two separate exhibitions:

“Philadelphia Yarnbombing 101,” an installation and photography exhibit by Ishknits, Philadelphia’s Yarnbomber, a.k.a. Jessie Hemmons and fellow street artist Christina LeFevre; and “Meta-Fiber,” a group exhibition featuring works made from repurposed, recycled materials utilizing fiber techniques.

Both exhibits will open tonight with a reception from 5-7 p.m in the Art Gallery at City Hall (Room 116) as well as the first and second floor display cases.

Having bombed everything from a few bike racks and poles to seats on the EL and even the Rocky statue, you’ve likely seen Ishknits’ work at some point. However, this is a rare opportunity for you to actually see it indoors.

And if you think yarnbombing is a just a senseless—albeit unbelievably awesome and joyous—act of vandalism, think again.

Using a typically feminine craft to voice a message, replacing menacing images or text with vibrant colored yarn, Hemmons aims to not only challenge the way that graffiti is perceived, but to get people thinking about the role that gender plays in the world of street art.

As far as I’m concerned, every tree could use a sweater.


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