Penticton has been yarn bombed

Over 300 participants, aged nine to 99 contributed to this yarn bomb outside the Penticton Art Gallery, near the bridge going to the Japanese Gardens. (Penticton Art Gallery)Over 300 participants, aged nine to 99 contributed to this yarn bomb outside the Penticton Art Gallery, near the bridge going to the Japanese Gardens. (Penticton Art Gallery)
Over 300 participants, aged nine to 99 contributed to this yarn barn outside the Penticton Art Gallery, near the bridge going to the Japanese Gardens. (Penticton Art Gallery)
Stringing the last crocheted squares together to make the finished yarn bomb.
Over 300 participants, aged nine to 99 contributed to this yarn barn outside the Penticton Art Gallery, near the bridge going to the Japanese Gardens. (Penticton Art Gallery)
Over 300 participants, aged nine to 99 contributed to this yarn barn outside the Penticton Art Gallery, near the bridge going to the Japanese Gardens. (Penticton Art Gallery)

A popular part of Penticton has been yarn bombed and people are loving it.

Located at the end of the bridge entering the Japanese Gardens and entrance to the Penticton Art Gallery is a tree now wrapped in colourful yarn art. Over 300 participants, ages nine to 99 contributed to this community art project.

The Penticton Art Gallery got the idea to yarn bomb a tree as a way to get seniors involved in a community project that could brighten up the city in a colourful, fun way.

This project was thought up a few months ago by the Gallery’s education and programming coordinator Carla O’Bee.

She has been working closely with Penticton’s Seniors Wellness Society doing outreach art projects pre-COVID. The gallery wanted to continue doing projects with them, especially since the onset of the pandemic.

Over the past few months, O’Bee has been working with Valerie from Seniors Wellness Society to gather small knitting projects. Over the month of April, O’Bee put together all of the pieces into the wonderful art installation that you can now see just outside of the Gallery.

The project grew to include others from the community as well as many students from the school district. In the end, they had over 300 creators of all ages.

“Thank you to everyone who made the first stage of this project possible,” said Ferguson.

If you’re walking near the gallery, stop by and make sure to photo bomb the yarn bomb and tag your photos with #YYFYarnBomb.

The gallery wants to continue yarn bombing more trees around town.

“Let’s beautify the city,” PAG said.

Do you want to get involved? Create a knitted or crochet square, a felted flower, or pompoms and drop them off at the Penticton Art Gallery.

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