Mountmellick's yarnbomb in time for Electric Picnic

Mountmellick's yarnbomb in time for Electric Picnic
By Lynda Kiernan

Mountmellick has once again been 'bombed' by woolly art, to put smiles on the faces of passing picnickers this weekend, whatever the weather.

Colourful woolly dreamcatchers are now dangling outside the shops along main street.

Entrance signs, railings, lampposts, bicycles and trees all failed to escape the crafty bombers, who even installed a miniature truck outside their HQ at Mountmellick Arts Centre.

There are surprises still to come, with more work promised to pop up over the coming days.

It is all to brighten the town, in what is the third year for 'Yarn Bombing Mountmellick' to launch a stealth dawn art attack.

“It's all about putting Mountmellick on the map in a positive way, making people smile,” said founding member Nina Horan.

Her own creation is garnering lots of praise, a Banksy style image of a girl floating away with a bunch of crocheted balloons.

“It was a labour of love, it's made from yarn that a factory was throwing out,” she said.

Many locals and groups have joined the fun and put up their own creations.

“The reaction is fantastic, people love it, they are stopping and walking around taking pictures,” said Nina, who asks that people tag Yarn bombing Mountmellick when posting their photos.

The 'bombing' will stay on display for several weeks.

More in tomorrow's Leinster Express.