Navan's bull gets yarnbombed!

Wednesday, 10th April, 2013 3:43pm

Navan's bull gets yarnbombed!

Bullseye...the wool on the bull! Photo: John Doyle.

A new craze has hit the town of Navan, fuelled by the yarn knitting art students of Loreto Navan secondary school's transition year.
Known as 'yarnbombing', the craze involves taking a local landmark, and covering it with intriguing and colourful yarn designs. Loreto transition years having transformed numerous landmarks in their school, are now moving into the public eye, after completing their most ambitious project yet, the Bull in the market square.
But this craze is far from a local fad. With yarnbombing being reported as early as 2004 in the Netherlands, the craze took off in Texas in 2005 when local knitters used unfinished yarn projects to decorate local landmarks.the craze finnally gained international attention with the incredible designs on urban landmarks in particular being considered as a cleaner more artistic version of street graffiti.
The craze has also hit other parts of Ireland with the Wicklow arts festival having a yarnbombing theme in its 400 year anniversity festival.
Navan's Bull sculpture is the site of the most recent local yarnbombing activity. The  statue of the Bull is covered in different colours and designs and puts a splash of colour on the busy centre of the town. It also provides a temporary distraction from the bleak weather and is looked on as a welcome change in scenery by locals.

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