Inspired by the international phenomenon known as yarnbombing, La Sierra Yarn Mural is 4" high by 15' wide, made of used sweaters with knit and crochet elements added. This community art project was executed as part of Riverside Art Make, sponsored by the Riverside Art Museum. This two year program places artists in various neighborhoods in Riverside, California, as facilitators for public art making. the program is made possible by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
The site for the yarn mural was not secured until after the piece was completed. The mural was designed for an outdoor installation. The hanging apparatus needed to be adaptable to any one of several possible installation sites.
I was the lead artist working with a co-facilitator, David Orozco. I conceived the image and overall design; and outlined a plan for how the project should proceed. Davis and I both lead community participants in the construction of the mural. The Community Engagement Curator for Riverside Art Make handled the bulk of administrative task such as arranging workshop space, promoting the community workshops in Riverside and surrounding areas, and finding the site for installation of the mural.
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