STOP YARN BOMBING
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It’s disgusting. The reason things like handrails, bike racks, and street signs are typically not covered with knits is, obviously, that non-fiber, industrial materials are more resistant to the frequent and inevitable changes in weather that befall any outdoor fixture. Knitwear is super absorbent--within weeks it gets muddled with dirt and grime. And worse yet, once it rains, it becomes a horrific, damp breeding ground for mold and mildew which no one wants to touch. And some people NEED to touch handrails...
Additionally, what exactly are you trying to say with your practice?? This is not art. It seems more like a novelty, an after thought, or an attempt to assert your lame hipster aesthetic on public space. You are not breaking any boundaries, you have no concept, you just covered something with a cozy; you are just wasting massive amounts of time, energy and materials.
Finally knitting is great because it is beautiful and functional at the same time. When you parade it as graffiti, you are stripping it of these attributes turning into an ugly, boring mess. All of my hatred and repulsion was cemented one afternoon when I saw a homeless man sleeping in the cold underneath the El in Fishtown. He had no means of warmth or cushioning, just the soiled clothes on his back. Above him, hung a garishly colored "knit-bomb" about the size of a blanket. What a giant fuck you.
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