A Yarn Bomb Hits Redmond

Seattle artist Suzanne Tidwell festoons Anderson Park trees with festive knitwear.
Brangien Davis  |   March 2012   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Suzanne Tidwell’s “yarn bomb” in Occidental Park last summer. She brings a similar installation to Redmond’s Anderson Park this month

If you spent any time in Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park last summer, you noticed the trees were a bit warmer and cozier than usual, their trunks wrapped in brightly striped sweaters. The trend—known as “yarn bombing”—is happening nationally, with avant-garde crafters knitting thousands of rows with which to wrap utility poles, parking meters, park benches and outdoor sculpture. (The Fremont Troll has been yarn bombed with a knit hat and scarf on separate occasions.) Sometimes these bombings are guerrilla; sometimes they’re sanctioned. The “tree socks” in Occidental Park were executed by local artist Suzanne Tidwell (with permission from the city), who’s been given the go-ahead to bring another festive “Artificial Light” installation to the trees in Redmond’s Anderson Park this spring. Swing by for a whole different take on tree trimming.

3/8–6/3. Free. Anderson Park, Redmond, 7802 168th Ave. NE; suzannetidwell.com

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