“This thing has taken on a life of its own; it’s really hard for me not to see it through,” said Steve Duneier, aka the Yarnbomber, while standing next to one of the 17 boulders that he yarnbombed at Lizard’s Mouth last week. After a permit kerfuffle, Duneier was forced to take the installation down after only two days up. He is confident he will be able to reinstall Friday, June 6, and is even adding more boulders. The project, which he began planning in December 2013, features work from hundreds of knitters and crocheters from 36 different countries and all 50 states. The ultimate purpose of the installation is to entice folks to go play outside.
“The great thing about art is that it transcends culture, age, and languages. Anyone can understand it,” said Cecelia Linayao, an artist based in San Diego who has been participating in I Madonnari for 10 years. Linayao usually works in her studio, painting on canvas, so she enjoys the human interaction and contacts she makes at this festival. “The first time I saw a street painting, I fell madly in love. I knew I had to do it,” she added.