THE BAW Baw Shire Council has asked those responsible for yarn bombing a handrail in Drouin to remove the work after complaints were received.
Pictured: yarn bombing at the West Gippsland Arts Centre.
In a message on social media a council spokesperson said the wool had made the handrails outside a Drouin bakery harder to use.
“We have had some complaints that the elderly and other people who rely on the handrails near the corner of Main South Road and Princes Way feel inhibited in their use of the rails now that they’ve been knitted,” the spokesperson said.
“We don’t want to just go down and unravel all your handiwork, but would ask that you please move it to where it won’t impede people who rely on the handrails for stability and confidence.”
Yarn bombing is a street art movement which involves covering objects with wool.
The spokesperson praised the work of “the nutty knitters or the crazy crocheters”, saying “the knitting looks amazing!”
Public yarn bombing works have sometimes divided the community. One respondent to the council’s message said the wool looked “trashy”.
“They look terrible, especially the ones as you go past the train station in Warragul around the corner,” they said.
“Very dangerous as it’s a distraction.”
But another response strongly praised the work of Baw Baw’s guerilla knitters.
“I really love the colour they give to the town! Keep up the great work knitters!”
Another person said “I’ve enjoyed the yarn bombing around. Good safety point though.”
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