Guerilla knitters bring textile street art to the Fantasy Garden.
The 16th Annual River of Lights has been yarn bombed! Colorful new yarn decorations are brightening up the Botanic Garden this holiday season. The New Mexico BioPark Society invited knitters to the BioPark's first "Yarn Bombing," a type of street art, often done in secret by guerilla knitters to decorate public spaces. During the BioPark's sanctioned yarn bombings, knitters and installation volunteers wound, wrapped, crocheted and knit miles of yarn into fun displays.
The Children's Fantasy Garden has been decorated thanks to the help of a large community of fiber artists and local yarn stores including Village Wools, Yarn Store at Nob Hill, Fiber Chicks, and the Sweater Girls. Warm colors wrap around light posts and trees. Knitted scarves and crocheted hat bands bring snowmen to life. Rainbow blankets cover ant and carrot statues. One of the ant sculptures has even been bundled up with leg warmers.
"The Fantasy Garden is looking even more whimsical," said Judi Civerolo, Special Events Director for the New Mexico BioPark Society. "Volunteer knitters came out to help splash River of Lights with even more color, and now our sculptures have real personality and style."
If the yarn art leaves you feeling "crafty," stop by the Aquarium/Botanic Garden Education building to make beautiful gifts inspired by nature during the last night of Holiday Nature Crafts on December 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Holiday Nature Crafts is a free event, and all craft materials are provided.
Visit the yarn bombing daily at the Botanic Garden from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (included with regular admission) or join us one evening for River of Lights, New Mexico's largest, original walk-through holiday production. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12) No senior or member discounts are available for this special fundraising event.