'Yarn-bombing' decorates Naperville sculptures

  • The Cat in the Hat is cozy in a scarf and sweater as he stands outside Nichols Library in downtown Naperville. The sculpture is one of about 15 installed by the nonprofit Century Walk Corp that has been "yarn-bombed" this winter in a practice the group's chairman Brand Bobosky called "nice and cheerful."

      The Cat in the Hat is cozy in a scarf and sweater as he stands outside Nichols Library in downtown Naperville. The sculpture is one of about 15 installed by the nonprofit Century Walk Corp that has been "yarn-bombed" this winter in a practice the group's chairman Brand Bobosky called "nice and cheerful." Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Yarn scarves and sweaters drape about 15 pieces of Century Walk public art in Naperville, such as the "Reading Children" sculpture on the southwest side of Nichols Library.

      Yarn scarves and sweaters drape about 15 pieces of Century Walk public art in Naperville, such as the "Reading Children" sculpture on the southwest side of Nichols Library. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The servicemen depicted in "Veterans' Valor" at the entrance to Central Park in downtown Naperville are among about 15 pieces of Century Walk public art that have been adorned with scarves or sweaters this winter in a practice the group's chairman Brand Bobosky called "yarn-bombing."

      The servicemen depicted in "Veterans' Valor" at the entrance to Central Park in downtown Naperville are among about 15 pieces of Century Walk public art that have been adorned with scarves or sweaters this winter in a practice the group's chairman Brand Bobosky called "yarn-bombing." Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Scarves drape sculptures in downtown Naperville such as the figures in "Veterans' Valor" at the entrance to Central Park.

      Scarves drape sculptures in downtown Naperville such as the figures in "Veterans' Valor" at the entrance to Central Park. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 3/12/2014 4:33 PM

First came photo-bombing. Now there's yarn-bombing.

The practice of adorning public art or public places with knit scarves or sweaters has moved into Naperville this winter with about 15 sculptures installed by the nonprofit Century Walk Corp. sporting yarn-based accessories, Chairman Brand Bobosky said Wednesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"It's a gentle form of adorning our public art," Bobosky said about the addition of scarves and sweaters to pieces such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Reading Children" near Nichols Library, "Veterans' Valor" at the entrance to Central Park and "A Lifetime Together" at Jackson Avenue and Main Street near the Riverwalk. "We don't solicit it, but if somebody notices some of our work and wants to enhance it, I think that's OK."

This is the second year someone has given scarves to sculptures in Naperville, and it could be part of a larger pop art phenomenon. A yarn-bombing display also cropped up on water fountains and bike racks in downtown Batavia on Valentine's Day.

Bobosky said Century Walk leaders think they know who is behind some or all of the so-called yarn-bombing in Naperville and they're pleased with the seasonal enhancement. He said most people who notice the colorful additions to the bronze-hued sculptures see the scarves and sweaters as a "cute" temporary feature.

"This is a way, from our perspective, of picking up and calling attention to the public art we have in place," Bobosky said. "In the throes of winter, in the winter we've had, isn't it kind of neat to get something that maybe calls your attention to the warmer days ahead?"

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