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Grand Central Market, Draped in Yarn

A floor-to-ceiling yarn work is on the way for the downtown public market.



    Grand Central Market, Draped in Yarn
    Jakob N. Layman
    Grand Central Market is known for its food scene, but an HQ for knitting? That could be next. Join a creative session devoted to creating a giant yarn hanging for the downtown public food-a-terium.

    If you're strolling down most any street, you're likely to see parking meters, some cars, a few storefronts, a fire hydrant, and a whimsical bit of colorful knitted yarn twirled around a lamppost.

    Well, that last sight is rarer, but yarn bombing, or the act of adding crochet or knitting to an object where yarnwork typically does not appear, grows ever more common since its initial appearances in the flash-mob-y days of the early aughts.

    Yep. Even The Smithsonian was recently yarn-bombed.

    Now a downtown LA landmark is up next for the crafty honor. Yarn Bombing LA has its gaze, and knitting needles, set upon Grand Central Market, but, nope, there won't be some single strands of colorful fiber twirled around a couple of chairs. "(A) Greek-inspired 'yarn-opolis'" is on the way this November, with "an installation that looks at the coming together of crafters, pedestrians, and downtown Los Angeles districts in the space of the open-air market."

    What does this mean, exactly? A "floor-to-ceiling artwork" will be installed later this fall.

    If you know Grand Central, you know those ceilings are high. Which means a lot of needles need to click-clack to make this slice of community-minded whimsy happen. 

    Want to jump into the yarn-bombery, knitters of Southern California? Join a session on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 11. You'll "knit, crochet, or sew portions of the hundreds of individual fabric pieces" that will soon comprise the whole.

    And comprising the whole, theme-wise, is absolutely what this all-together-now artwork is considering. Plus, figure that if you participate you're only steps away from Olio and Horse Thief Barbecue and other foodie stands inside the ye-olde-LA public market.

    It will, in fact, mark its centennial in a few years. Why not participate in a large-scale art piece as a way to highlight its ability to draw downtowners, and everyone, together?

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