Conway takes on 'Yarn-Bombing Grannies' (Update: Art on display)

Photo from Black Water Honey Blog

Update October 31, 2012: To put a period on the end of this yarn bombing sentence, the art is in place in Riverfront Park in Conway and the permit is good until December 1, 2012.  Go have a look!

You can get a sneak peek at one of the lamp posts in this WBTW story.

Update September 17, 2012: The Grand Strand can breathe a sigh of relief.  A compromise has been reached between the knitters and City of Conway.

Santee Cooper objected to the yarnbombs being displayed on their lampposts, as suggested by the city.  In compromise, the 20+ city-owned lampposts in Riverfront Park were offered up.  Thankfully, the bombers accepted. 

Check out more details in this Sun News story.

Update September 5, 2012: Yarnbomb, but not on trees.  That's the latest word from the Conway City Council.

Concern was expressed about harming Conway's beloved and protected live oak trees and the knitters have been informed that they can continue with their event as planned, but hands off the trees.  All trees.  Lampposts only.  You can read more in this Sun News article.  There's been no word yet as to whether or not the bombers agree to the new terms.

The knitters have planned to begin their bombing on October 27, 2012 on Laurel Street in Conway and their work will remain up until December 1st.

Update May 22, 2012:  A special events permit has been issued to the Dixie Knitters group, the culprits who yarn-bombed a Conway tree, to produce a larger piece of law-abiding work in September. 

You can read more in this WPDE story.  You can also follow the Dixie Knitters on Facebook.  Who knows what shenanigan they'll be up to next.

Update April 19, 2012: Valiant effort, artisans and crafters. Remember: this was just a simple battle in a complex war against the boring and mundane. 

WPDE spoke with the Conway Glass folks and recorded the removing of the yarn from the tree. It's worth noting that reporter Joel Allen confirmed the with the City of Conway the claim on Black Water Honey blog that only one complaint had been received (along with numerous supportive emails). The video package is below.

I found the quote from Conway city administrator Bill Graham exemplary of many our local municipalities attitudes: "It's not about popularity. It's about what's legal."

Update April 18, 2012: This is a war on art and the Yarn-Bombing Grannies will not go quietly into the night!

While the City of Conway staff are sharpening their art-hating scissors, the Yarn-Bombing Grannies are brandishing their joy-dispensing knitting needles. Despite the City of Conway's act of aggression on the yarn-bombed light pole, the Grannies added further decoration to the bombed tree in front of Conway Glass. The Black Water Honey blog has more details.

The craft war only seems to be escalating at this point. We can only hope it doesn't go nuclear.

And by "nuclear", I mean needlepoint and hot glue. 

First Report: The practice of yarn bombing isn't nearly as terrorist as it sounds. It's really just a non-destructive form of street art designed to add whimsy and color to the scenery.

Well somebody in Conway doesn't like it and the City of Conway has taken their issue to Conway Glass according to a local blog called Black Water Honey. In a recent update, the Black Water Honey Blog says the City of Conway has finally given a deadline for taking down the biodegradable material or else

Higher resolution photos of the offending crafts are here.

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