Sunday, October 29, 4 p.m.
Augustana College's Teaching Museum of Art, 3703 Seventh Avenue, Rock Island IL
The culmination of a two-month art project will finally be displayed on October 29, when the crocheted results of fiber artist and sculptor Carol Hummel's community-wide #YarnBombQC are unveiled in a public ceremony at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art.
With the National Endowment for the Arts awarding the Augustana a $15,000 grant to fund the project – the first NEA grant the college has ever received – #YarnBombQC brought Hummel to the Quad Cities this fall to work with communities on site-specific art on trees in three locations: Augustana College, the Figge Art Museum, and Longfellow Liberal Arts School. Over 100 community members participated by creating crocheted circles that the artist and her assistants consequently stitched together, with participants including students from Augustana College, the Creative Arts Academy, and Longfellow Liberal Arts, as well as community members ranging in age from eight to eighty-plus.
Hummel has been active in collaborative, public art installations in Switzerland, Norway, India, Mexico, and many cities across the United States, and says that her work is meant to traverse “the socially constructed constraints of difference by exploring the ties that bind human beings to each other through culture, kinship, history, social interaction, and friendship.” The results of the #YarnBombQC project will be dressed on a tree near Rock Island's Seventh Avenue and 35th Street, and will remain on view for the entire academic year.
Admission to the #YarnBombQC Unveiling Reception is free, and for more information on the event and project, call (309)794-7400 or visit Augustana's Teaching Museum of Art.