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Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge
Seniors Prepare for Yarnstorming Day on Sunrise Bridge

Local yarnstormers will adorn a pedestrian bridge over Maryland Parkway with crocheted and knitted art in the evening of Sunday, June 10 and complete it on Monday, June 11, with a public unveiling at 10 a.m.

The unveiling on the bridge, which leads to and from Sunrise Hospital near Desert Inn Road, coincides with International Yarnstorming Day. The bridge will be adorned with sunrise-inspired colored circles of all shapes and sizes. 

So far, the yarnstormers, who are 50 years old and over and are headquartered at the West Flamingo Senior Center, have crocheted enough circles to cover a central area on one side of the bridge.

Anyone 50 and over can participate in the yarnstormer group, which holds sessions on Wednesday afternoons to knit and crochet squares and rectangles incorporated into various yarn storming projects. Unlike many yarnstorming groups around the world, the West Flamingo group is for seniors only. However, the group is interested in partnering with teens and other yarnstormers under 50 to help install the works after they’ve been created.

“I’m excited about this project and the community’s participation in International Yarnstorming Day,” said Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who represents the area where the bridge is located. “This is a great project for beautifying the area and I’d urge everyone to help out by donating yarn or volunteering to help with the installation.”

Instead of paintbrushes or steel, the seniors use their crochet or knitting needles to create pieces of all shapes and sizes. Yarnstorming is the art of creating small cozies to adorn urban landscape, cheering up otherwise bare, concrete environments with bright colors and patterns. Railings, lamp and signposts, bike stands and tree trunks are the likely canvases, but automobiles, buses, motorcycles, bridges, statues and other large objects have been “stormed” in around the world from London, Turkey, Sweden, Latvia and Finland to New York City, Seattle, Toledo, Ohio, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

The Friends of Winchester Art Committee orginally approached the seniors about the bridge after they received a lot of praise and publicity for their first yarnstorming project. UNLV students had submitted bridge enhancements to the group previously, but the costs were prohibitive compared to donated yarn.

To complete the project, the yarnstormers are seeking donations of yarn and volunteers to assist with the installation. Yarn may be dropped off at the West Flamingo Senior Center, 6255 W. Flamingo, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For information about donations or volunteering with this project, please contact Diane Bush at 455-7742.