A Eurobodalla guerrilla art group has bombed Moruya – and it has threatened another attack.
Yarn bombing, also known as guerrilla knitting, kniffiti and urban knitting, is a type of graffiti or street art using temporary colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn.
There are about 12 installations throughout the town; from blanketed benches and touched-up trees to prettified poles and even a sexed-up statue.
Traditionally yarn bombing is a stealth operation, with culprits preferring artistic anonymity.
However the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner tracked down a “secret spokeswoman” from the group, who explained its intentions.
“It’s about sharing creativity, making art out of the ordinary and making people stop and smile,” she said.
The blanketed bench outside the Monarch Hotel certainly made Gen Cooper smile as she sat for a quick spell on her break from work.
“It’s gorgeous, it’s beautiful,” she said.
“It brightens up the town. We needed something like this.”
The stitches for the project were first sewn about six months ago, when our spokeswoman shared the idea of a local yarn bombing on Facebook.
It snowballed, and a Facebook group, Yarn Bombers Eurobodalla, attracted more than 40 members working for the cause.
It took three months of knitting and about 1200 squares to get the job done.
“People have been out knitting away then a couple of us went and collected the squares and sewed them into panels,” the spokeswoman said.
“It was a stealth operation to install it on Thursday night. We had a group of about 12 volunteers, all armed with darning needles.
“It was great fun. It was a wonderful experience to see in the main street and everyone was all buzzing by the time we went home.”
The installation coincides with the Eurobodalla River of Art, but is not officially part of the festival.
When the yarn bombs are removed the group plans to reshape them into blankets to donate to the homeless.
Yet, they haven’t ruled out a further attack.
“Absolutely! We’ll do it again no doubt about it,” the spokeswoman said.