WHAHOOOO!!!!! We did it guys!
The Art Gallery of Ontario has officially been yarn bombed!
*fist pumps entire installation crew
We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who contributed to
this amazing experience. From all the wonderful people who sent
us along yarn, lent us a car to transport everything to the gallery,
and handed over their time to do some super fast last minute darning.
A special shout out also goes to some of the OCAD students who invited us to join the
evenings festivities in the first place. Simone was the perfect host, checking
in to see if we needed anything, escorting our team members around,
and offering to help unload installation equipment even though our
surprisingly light bundles of hexagons looked like they weight tonnes.
And our main contact, Jon, definitely deserves a pat on the back after
all the changes that were made throughout the prep process and for
working out a few kinks. Some of you might recall that originally we were
set to install on the Walker Court stairs, and were moved to the snake ramp at
the main lobby doors. In the end there was one last adjustment and the Gallery
Italia space turned out to be a terrific way to bring the street art movement into
the gallery while watching Toronto’s latest snow storm unfold.
The Bissell Bombers also wanted to give a shoutout to AGO security and assorted staff.
We know we must have looked a little odd with our multicoloured rib
wrappings, but your curiosity about the project kept us motivated and
your sense of humour made the 4-hour install fly-by.
And since the event was for one night only and the show sold out incredibly fast,
we wanted to post a few photos for those who couldn’t make it out.
So enjoy our Behind the Seams shots as we prepared for the big night :)
Measure twice, darn once.
All set to go as we wait for the ladder to come up from the ‘AGO’ sign up front.
Teamwork, a little ingenuity and a lot of temporary zip ties.
Putting the last finishing touches on the flower garland as the LEDs are activated!
Forget being “Facebook Official”, you know you’ve made it when you’re given your own interpretive text panel and program :)
The big reveal!
Our secret identities are exposed as two
Bissell Bombers pose with their biggest collaborative piece to date.
To hear more about the project and some of the other installation pieces
that were on display that night, be sure to check out Christopher Jones article for TO Live with Culture.
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