Colorful yarn pom poms, crocheted flowers and knitted garlands are adorning trees in front of the Temecula Valley Museum and prompting people to ask, “What’s going on?”
The answer is yarn splashing, a street artwork created in the late 1990s by knitters and crocheters that beautifies public places. It’s finally come to Temecula thanks to a Yarn Splash exhibition that the museum has organized with help from the Temecula Valley Women’s Club.
Museum Services Manager Tracy Frick developed the exhibition idea after learning about yarn splashing on a website. She thought it would be a creative way to draw visitors to Sam Hicks Monument Park where the museum is located.
“I’m always looking for ways to attract people to the park,” Frick said.
The exhibition is being held at the park in conjunction with the city of Temecula’s Street Painting Festival on June 20 to 22 in Old Town. During the festival children can loop yarn around the slats of three benches next to the Chapel of Memories. The TVWC is donating the yarn.
“We’re trying to bring the beauty of the chalk art festival down the street to the park and make it colorful, vibrant and whimsical,” Frick said. She hopes that the Yarn Splash is so successful that it can become an annual event.
Chair of the TVWC’s committee for the museum Beverly Webb and other committee members did the initial yarn splashing in front of the museum to inspire others to get involved. She said it has worked because more than 15 individuals and groups have signed up to participate and reserved a park amenity to yarn splash.
Frick said artists have until June 21 to install their work. It will be displayed until August 25 and then it has to be removed.
“We have knitting, crochet and macram