Yesterday, Tom and I headed to sunny Yellow Springs for a change of scenery, and it was lovely. Y.S. is a colorful little college town about twenty miles from our house, and we visit there from time to time. In winter, we often go there to Christmas shop, and in the spring and summer, it’s one of our favorite places from which to launch our bikes. Even the public restrooms at the bike depot are filled with art. Antioch University is located in Yellow Springs, and I heard somewhere that Dave Chappelle is the honorary mayor of the town. He has a farm just outside the city limits called the “Fuck You Hollywood Farm.”
Everyone must have had spring fever yesterday, because the streets were filled with life– people playing music, skateboarding, shopping and sightseeing. As we were walking, we came upon an amazing sight, and I took some pictures for Wendy. I promised her something cheery, so here it is:
Apparently, some of the knitizens of Yellow Springs must have decided that this tree looked cold, because it seems that they’ve knitted it a sweater.
Wendy is a knitting wiz, and I thought she’d appreciate their efforts.
(The layout on this is crazy– sorry.)
Anyway, back to the tree. The pictures don’t quite capture it. There are “things” all over it– leaves, beads, butterflies, flowers, pockets and a sock. It’s a nice old tree, with lots of arms and therefore, lots of sleeves.
After a rough week in the hood, this really did wonders for my mood.
I wish you could see it live and in person. It’s so bright and colorful and whimsical. It definitely attracted a lot of attention, and I think that even the grouchiest passerby couldn’t help but smile a little at the surrealism of it. I kept hearing people who walked by commenting with variations of, “I love that tree!”
There was even a poem attached:
It’s a really nice tree.
There are more photos and information about the KnitKnot tree at JafaGirlArt.