Yarnbombers install angel wings at Cambridge park
Yarn bombers have installed three huge pairs of crocheted angel wings in the city as a message of hope.
Inspired by popular angel wing graffiti, where wings are painted on a wall and people can stand in front of them to be transformed into angels, the artwork is hung on the fence of the Jesus Green Tennis courts.
The anonymous yarn artist Tiger Chilli, a member of the Cambridge Yarn Collective explained the wings were there to raise awareness of two local charities but were also there as a symbol of hope for the public to enjoy.
“As our message is one of hope it seemed highly appropriate to highlight these two charities because a big part of the work they do is the hope that things will change. So we invited them to come along and see the work we were doing, but they weren’t involved in making the artwork.”
Apart from graffiti images, the other inspiration for the wings came from the words of an Emily Dickinson poem: “Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul.”
Tiger Chilli added: “We made them in three sizes so they were accessible to everyone of every age and ability. They can stand in front of them or interact with them and go up and feel them and they can enjoy taking photos of their friends. The poem will go up with them so people can understand what the artwork is about.
“The hope is that people read about the work these charities are doing that involve hope and helping people to move forward with their lives.
“When people ask me, `’Why are you not crocheting blankets for the homeless, instead you're wasting yarn and time yarnbombing?' I let them know that public art work like this literally saves lives, it changes people's perspective, and joins a community together. And the pure joy people have upon discovering these yarnbomb artwork cannot be measured. And that's a powerful reason to keep doing it.”
It took a team of seven people seven months to make the wings, the largest of which has a four metre span. The pieces were installed at the tennis courts on Saturday night. Some of the yarn was donated by the Button Knit shop in St Neots.
Another anonymous yarnbomber, Zesty Helix, said: 'I get great joy from the public's response to yarnbomb artwork. It is important to me to be involved in the hope yarnbomb and all it represents'
A spokesperson for Blue Smile said: “Blue Smile is delighted that the yarnbomb team are using this project to spread the word about our work and the big difference it makes in children's lives. As a charity that provides arts based therapy to support children's mental health, the theme of hope in this beautiful artwork is particularly fitting for us. Kids and grown ups alike will love engaging with the piece and we can't wait to take our first angel wings selfie."
A spokesperson for Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre said they were "delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities that the Hope Yarnbomb is helping to raise awareness about. Raising awareness about our charity and the work we do with survivors of sexual violence through such a beautiful, community-led and accessible art form is so positive and powerful. At Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre we hold the hope for change, peace and safety in the lives and recovery of those we work alongside so this yarnbomb is especially relevant and connected to our work."