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November 20, 2013

ROOT: Let's end the bombing campaign

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I have mixed emotions about this thing called “yarn bombing.”

The yarn bombing in front of City Centre is a mess. Yarn is scattered everywhere and it needs to be cleaned up or taken down.

I don’t see the point in yarn bombing. When the pianos first started popping up around Lockport, I thought they were neat. They are well-placed and they look nice, at least from a distance.

When I went to Cambridge, Mass., to see Stephen King read from his new book, I saw pianos around Cambridge. I was a bit disappointed that the Lockport pianos were not an original thing, but I think our pianos look better. So I am on board with them.

I am not so on board with the yarn.

First of all, half the trees or lampposts I’ve seen have scarves wrapped around them. We should be giving those scarves to people who will need them in the coming months. It makes us look kind of arrogant, dressing trees instead of needy people.

Yarn bombing is a worldwide thing and I guess I should be kind of giddy that it is happening here in Lockport, but I’m not. Judging by the pictures from around the world, some people take this stuff seriously. They knit covers for statues, cars, bicycles and old British phone booths. The point, I am guessing, is to add some color to drab and dreary scenery.

I wonder what’s wrong with the scenery as it is.

In its purest form, yarn bombing is like graffiti, that is, vandalism.

I can hear the response from supporters: “Oh come on now you old codger! Yarn bombing is fun and adds color to our community!”

And here’s my response to them: If I wanted the trees on Main Street to look like something out of a Dr. Seuss cartoon, I would have brought the idea up myself.

Can we at least limit yarn bombing to one weekend where everyone is allowed to yarn bomb trees and stuff, and then that’s it? Am I going to be considered uptight if I speak out against a perpetual bombing campaign?

I love color in relation to outdoors. But when I look down my Main Street, I don’t really want to see rainbow-colored trees lining its sides. Why not color the stuff that needs it? You want a challenge? Go yarn bomb Union Station behind Niagara Produce.

I’ve seen a tree that has gray scarves wrapped around it. Gray scarves on a gray tree. How does this add color to our community? If that’s the point, why not use seasonal colors, Christmas colors, at least?

I appreciate what some people are trying to do to make Lockport a hipper and better place to be, but I think it’s getting out of hand. There better not be any yarn on Pete Robinson’s decorations when he gets his Winter Wonderland display up. Not one strand!

Let’s find a different way to beautify our area. And next time, let’s bring it to a vote, so we can all agree on it.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and miserable old man. His column is published every Wednesday for the kids to read. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net over that new-fangled Interweb thingy.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and miserable old man. His column is published every Wednesday for the kids to read. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net over that new-fangled Interweb thingy.