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Local Marshfield group "Yarn-Bombs" the downtown area

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Downtown Marshfield got some redecorating over the weekend.

Local knitters performed street art called “Yarn-Bombing.”

The group added brightly colored pieces of yarn to sculptures, lamp posts and trees.

"We wanted to make Marshfield smile, and be surprised and delighted with the color and the whimsical nature of our yarn bombing," said Kathleen Rulka, Organizer.

Yard-Bombing is where a group goes around adding items they've knitted, to local attractions.

"With everyone combined probably over 20 hours of knitting," added Rulka.

Rulka is one of the organizers for a knitting group called the “Bodacious Bombers.”

People could be seen admiring the creations throughout the city on Monday.

"It's a total surprise, just going for a walk and seeing all of this bright colored yarn, knitting and stuff decorating the whole street, it's pretty neat," said Rachel Krentz, local resident.

The knitting group put a face on a lamp post and a hat and a scarf on a giant dragon statue.

A state grant to the New Visions Art Gallery helped finance the project.

"They had some grant money from the state of Wisconsin for a random act of art," said Rulka.

"We wanted to kind of provide a surprise for people, a warm and welcoming surprise," added Betsy Tanenbaum, Director of New Visions Art Gallery.

Tanenbaum says types of art like yarn bombing can really make a difference in the city.

"It's been shown to really increase foot traffic to various downtown’s throughout the country," said Tanenbaum.

The yarn bombing art work will remain up around Marshfield for about three weeks.

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