Anyone familiar with yarn bombing, a phenomenon involving bike racks and parking meters being covered with colorful yarn, knows that sometimes a knitting project can make the world more beautiful.
Yarn bombing is one inspiration for Boise Art Museum's Community Day at the Center of the Earth, which will be held Saturday, June 2, from noon-4 p.m.
The event is also inspired by BAM's current exhibit Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth. Cave's exhibit opened May 19 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 4, featuring a variety of mixed-media, wearable sculptures called sound suits, which employ a variety of materials, including discarded objects.
The Community Day event is a way for attendees to explore the same do-it-yourself ethos displayed in Cave's creations, all while decking BAM out yarn-style.
BAM representatives will teach guests the basics of knitting and crocheting and instruct on using found objects in artwork while encouraging them to view Cave's exhibit for inspiration. Guest creations will be used to decorate the outdoor sculpture garden and will be on display for a few weeks.
"It's a great way to kick off the summer," said Terra Feast, curator of education at BAM. "We're taking inside ideas out."
Materials will be provided, but yarn-savvy guests are encouraged to bring their own extras.