‘Yarn bombing’ artists strike with colorful pop-up display

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As dusk was settling one evening earlier this month, a group of graffiti artists struck Ashland — but not in the way you might expect.

Armed with clews of yarn, they transformed a series of utilitarian light posts into colorful, whimsical, eye-luring structures.

It’s called “yarn bombing,” “guerrilla knitting,” or “graffiti knitting” — wrapping and otherwise decorating everyday structures with yarn under the cover of night — and, as executed by the group Ashland Creative, expect it to pop up in unexpected places all over town this summer.

“For a lot of people, it just appeared,” said Dana Cox, one of the artists involved with the first explosion of color in front of the Ashland Public Library. “It’s something to stop and think about, wonder about.”

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