Sandra De Vries is a Dutch artist, who has been friends with Lyons artist Jacob Leeuwenburgh (also from Netherlands) since they were in high school. When they recently re-connected after twenty years, De Vries, who now lives in Vernon, British Columbia, mentioned that her latest artistic endeavors revolved around “yarn bombs.” If you are familiar with the artist Cristo, and how he “wraps” statues, trees, buildings, bridges, and even islands with silk, yarn bombing is similar, except that De Vries uses knitted yarn to
wrap the object. It’s called a “bomb” because it’s usually spontaneous, and completed before most people realize it’s being done.
Leeuwenburgh (of the Lyons giant banjo fame) was intrigued and suggested De Vries consider a project in Lyons. When she warmed to the idea, he took careful measurements of a particular tree here in Lyons, contacted members of various Lyons knitting groups, and enlisted their support in creating “knittings” to his specific dimensions, Last Friday afternoon, he, De Vries, and several of their knitters “bombed” the tree on the corner of Main Street and Fifth Avenue, right behind the Steamboat Mountain Natural Food Store.
The volunteer knitters were Ellen Hine, Karen Ikegami, L’Tanya Perkins, Julie Smith, Kayann Short, Julie Van Domelen, Sandy Banta, Jenny Hodgson, Lisa Sangelo, Mary Beckstrom, Angie Heitger, and Anne O’Brien.
This is an inter-active piece of art, with a knitted teddy bear holding a kite, as well as a secret pocket containing all the fixings for blowing bubbles. While the group was “bombing” the tree, several cars on their way up to Estes Park, stopped to see what was going on, and to take pictures. This is a project of the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission, and if you haven’t stopped by to check it out, you should make the effort.