Ames Main Street Building Getting ‘Yarn Bombed’

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AMES, Iowa -- A building on the north side of Ames Main Street is under going "yarn bombing."

The project came about after ISU Design Professor Jennifer Drinkwater received a grant from the Burning Man Organization for a collaborative or interactive art project.

She has been working with knitters and crocheters on panels to hang on the front of the downtown building.

The panels will hang until June 1, when they will be taken down, cleaned, and made into quilts. Those quilts will be donated to local shelters.

“It’s really funny to be in the gallery, and to watch people and cars sort of slow down, and what do they call it, rubbernecking," said Drinkwater. "So we’ve had lots of rubberneckers, people walking by, the kids react to it very well cause it’s sort of like magic a little bit.”

A reception for those wanting to see the project will be held Friday night from 6-9 p.m. at the ISU Design Office on Main Street.