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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A soft and colorful Highland Park protest against school budget cuts

Photos courtesy KnitRiot Collective

The KnitRiot Collective, a group of Eastside artists and crafters, on Saturday wrapped a tree trunk outside of Aldama Elementary in Highland Park in colorful layers of yarn and hung fabric dollar bills from branches as part of an art project and school budget cut protest.  The guerrilla art project called ArtisTREE was one of many events held nationwide as part of National Yarn Bombing Day, which finds artists and crafters making public displays from yarn and other fabric.  The members of the KnitRiot Collective wanted their yarn bombing project to draw attention to shrinking school budgets. The group, in a press release, said:

Playful knitted objects will adorn a tree near the entrance area of a Highland Park public elementary school, offering the children art supplies and knit pouches. Knitted and felted dollars will symbolize the additional funding we wish LAUSD had to spend on education. The goal is to have an installation that is at once meaningful and whimsical. for primary school education. Playful knitted objects will adorn a tree near the entrance area of a Highland Park public elementary school, offering the children art supplies and knit pouches. Knitted and felted dollars will symbolize the additional funding we wish LAUSD had to spend on education. The goal is to have an installation that is at once meaningful and whimsical.

Highland Park seems to be a popular target for yarn bombers, with knitters draping parking meters, trash cans and a bus shelter during last October’s Fig Knit On!



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3 comments

  1. Proofreading is your friend.

  2. Ohhh………very funny! I had to read all the way to the bottom to catch that one, but it was soooo worth it!!

  3. @ Kelsey Grammar. Oh, dear. I replaced the dreaded “parking peters” with the more conventional kind. Thanks for catching that!

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