by Kerry Leslie

Yarn bombing, as you can see defined in the photo above, is a type of temporary art installation.  This is something I have wanted to do for some time so when I was going to be featured as Artist of the Month in the County of Vulcan, Alberta, back in May of this year, I decided the time was here!  

Vulcan, Alberta, is home to the Vulcan County office but Vulcan has another claim to fame.  As most “trekkies” can tell you, Vulcan is the home planet of Spock.  The town has a lot of fun with this with annual Trek Days celebrations, a visitors centers and museums featuring all sorts of Star Trek memorabilia.   Recently a bronze bust of Spock was installed in a celebration attended by none other than Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed the original Spock in the television series and subsequent movies.  The weather was still chilly in May so I thought Spock needed a nice woolly scarf to keep him warm!

Another statue in town features three children on their way to school.  They needed to dress better for the weather as well!  This is where the fun really started as an older couple walking by dissolved in giggles as they observed me at work and shouted out “Good for you!” 

 I continued to “take it to the street” by sewing pieces of knitting on flagpoles, trees, and railings.

The county office itself was more of a challenge – the reception area is very sterile and it was difficult to find ways to incorporate the knit pieces.  I brought in a bicycle from home and yarn bombed it to give myself more to work with.

I returned to Vulcan shortly after Easter and found that the statue of the three children had been modified – the girl’s wool hat had been replaced with an Easter bonnet and the small boy’s toque had been replaced with a pair of fuzzy rabbit ears.  I was thrilled – interactive art!

Now, three months later, all that remains of the display are bands of fading knitting around the trees and a pencil jar in the office that the workers wanted to keep.  

This type of art is by nature temporary as weather and human interaction become involved.  

Was it worth it?  
Will I do it again? 


  1. We made a stop in Vulcan 2 years ago and I have a picture of myself standing beside the Spock bust. That is so cool that you yarn bombed the town! A fun post and great pictures. Thanks Kerry :)

  2. This looks like a lot of fun. I can think of few statues here that could use some dressing up.
    Thanks for the inspiration.


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