Bombs away! After a brief break, Praga's yarn bomb installations have returned with a BANG!

Praga Gets Yarn Bombed! Praga Gets Yarn Bombed!

In an area well-known for its community actions and spontaneous outbreaks of street art, the past few weeks have seen the yarn bombing of nearly 40 bollards positioned on Praga’s Kawęczyńska street.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

Led by an NGO called The Michałów Society (Praskie Stowarzyszenie Mieszkańców “Michałów”), the action began last year when a diverse range of locals volunteered to knit covers during online workshops conducted at the peak of the lockdown.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

Premiering at the start of summer, the patterns included a winged angels and smiley faces, not to mention cheeky gnomes, pizza wedges and top-hat touting witch.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

Temporarily removed in mid-June to allow for repairs to the tramline, the colorful installations have now returned and are again thrilling the public as Warsaw’s most unlikely and ‘Instagramable’ attraction.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

What Is It!?
Oft-described as a sub-genre of street art, yarn bombing originated in the States when – according to some sources – a group of Texas knitters sought to find a creative way to get shot of their leftover materials: hey presto, yarn bombing was born.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

Sometimes dubbed ‘graffiti knitting’, the practice will typically see street furniture or installations covered in crocheted patterns.

Photo: Sylwester Klimiuk

Something of a global phenomenon, some of the more famous examples include the yarn bombing of a tank outside Dresden’s Military Museum, the covering of Pittsburgh’s Warhol Bridge, as well as the knitted blanketing of the Wall Street bull by the Polish artist Olek.

(All photos: Sylwester Klimiuk)

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