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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Be-sweatering

Posted by on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Cozy! Cute! Gone!
  • Slog reader Melanie
  • Cozy! Cute! Gone!

Slog reader Melanie writes:

The little be-sweatered trees around the courthouse are back to being nude. Does anyone at The Stranger know why?

Dominic points out that trees are people, too, and no one wants to always wear the same sweater.

For my part, may I direct your attention to what happens to these cozy, cute sweaters applied to inanimate objects when they are left there forever by neglectful knitters? This is on the bike rack where I lock my bike every day and IT IS GROSS and THERE ARE TWO, ONE ON EACH END. Why don't I remove them myself? 1.) I didn't put them there, and 2.) DOG-LEVEL. The horror.

Anti-cozy! No longer cute! STILL THERE!
  • The Stranger
  • Anti-cozy! No longer cute! STILL THERE!


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Wear gloves, use old scissors, dispose of scissors and gloves afterwards. Renegade knitters have no mandate to gross you out forever. The cuteness point was made long ago, now it's just a dog urine collector, a pee-mail node which you shouldn't have to tolerate. If we could only remove obnoxious things from the urban landscape if we ourselves put them there, then no one could pick up litter except the litterbug who dropped it. See the logic? Woman up and liberate your bike rack from the odious canine yarn.
Posted by Chicago Fan on March 6, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this
pee-mail node! You lovely man!
Posted by gloomy gus on March 6, 2012 at 8:03 AM · Report this
What @1 said, all the way. Don't like litter? Pick it up yourself! Don't wait for somebody else to come along, because chances are, they're just as lazy and entitled as you are.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on March 6, 2012 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Griffin 4
Yarn bombing trees is bad for the long-term health of the trees' bark. That's probably why the sweaters are no longer there.

I'm a yarn crafter (I crochet), and I see yarn bombing as a waste of fiber and only slightly less annoying than graffiti. That it takes more time to do is irrelevant.
Posted by Griffin on March 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 5
Cozy and cute, maybe, but my guess is that its probably not healthy for the trees in the long run. I bet the Parks department was instructed to cut them off after a while.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 6, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Suz 6
I love the sweaters! Super fun! Yay!

And I think you should take matters into your own hands and remove the bike rack cozy. UGH. Not cute.
Posted by Suz on March 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM · Report this
blowdart 7
They've also spread into Redmond to Anderson Park. However these are tree socks apparently, and it's "art"…
Posted by blowdart on March 6, 2012 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 8
I see it as a sign that spring is almost here.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on March 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Matt the Engineer 9
I see it as a sign that spring is almost here.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on March 6, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 10
I'm with @1 and 3, but be sure to ask your Mommie first, use safety scissors, and have adult supervision. It's really mean for those things to stop being cute!
@4 where is there any creidible evidence that yarn has harmed a single tree?
Posted by thatsnotright on March 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 11
The courthouse and Occidental Park tree sweaters were part of a city-sanctioned art installation. I'm sure they were taken down as originally planned.
Posted by keshmeshi on March 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM · Report this
Yo Paul just as corporations aren't people, neither are trees.
Posted by pioneer on March 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
The sweaters were a temporary public art project by Suzanne Tidwell, and she's responsible for the Redmond installation going up today (maybe it will use some of the same segments o'sweater?). According to 4Culture spokeswoman Tina Hoggatt, Tidwell brings them flat to the scene, then sews them around each trunk and branch. To take them down, she just unsews the seams.
Posted by Jen Graves on March 6, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this

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