“Our mission statement is to build community through art,” said Katie Bush, director of education at the museum. The East Point resident who grew up in Mableton is a 2006 graduate of Whitfield Christian Academy.
“Yarn bomb is essentially when you take knit or crocheted items and cover a public space with them. In this case it was at the MCMA,” Bush said.
Bush said she was inspired by Magda Sayeg, a woman in Austin, Texas, credited with starting the guerilla knitting movement.
Over the last seven months, people from the community donated knit and crocheted pieces. After collecting the items, MCMA hosted stitching parties where groups of volunteers stitched the individual pieces together.
“We would literally lay everything out on the floor of the museum and then sew it all up,” Bush said. She said one piece they stitched together weighed about 50 pounds.
Bush estimated that 250 volunteers were involved, not including people who made donations of fabric pieces that came from as far away as China.
“Literally all over the world we’ve had pieces come in. Old residents of Marietta who used to be involved with the Atlanta Knitting Guild saw their newsletter and sent things to us. It’s been great. People were really crawling out of the woodworks for it,” she said.
The community played a major role in making the project happen. “Our volunteers have been our lifeline. Everybody has really stepped up and it’s been fantastic to see how excited they are about (yarn bomb). The community has been so supportive. It’s been great to see everybody come together,” she explained.
“We’ve had people who’ve never been to an art museum come (to MCMA). We are literally building community through art. Even those who didn’t participate will be able to enjoy it. It’s going to reach so many people and they’re going to be inspired by it,” Bush said.
Six columns of MCMA are covered 11 feet from the ground with a suspended piece draped in between. The front railings are covered along with two telephone poles, metal grates on the side of the building as well as other places on the site.
“You wouldn’t believe it,” Bush said.
The museum is at 30 Atlanta St. Visit mariettacobbartmuseum.org/yarn-installation or call (770) 528-1444.