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Charly Haley , Published September 17 2012

"Yarn bomb" public art to be restored with commissioner's help

FARGO – Downtown Fargo’s “yarn bomb” public art will be restored with the support of Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams.

On Friday, Mara Morken put up 43 fiber-art sleeves on lampposts downtown. The Fargo artist had organized people of all ages to knit, crochet, sew and quilt the sleeves.

On Saturday morning, Morken saw that many of the sleeves were damaged or missing. Only 25 remained by Sunday, she said.

Williams approached Morken on Sunday morning while she was removing the remaining sleeves.

“He offered to personally handle the reinstallation of the project,” Morken said, “this time placing the sleeves near the top of the lampposts and hopefully out of reach of vandals.”

Williams cited Fargo’s Go2030 Comprehensive Plan as his motivation to help. The plan, developed by Fargo community members and the city, ranks “public arts and culture” as one of its top five priorities.

The reinstallation takes place today.

“(Williams) plans to round up volunteers and climb a ladder himself. That really impressed me,” Morken said.

Aside from Williams, many others have contacted Morken offering support and help with replacing the missing sleeves, she said. She’s hoping to have replacement sleeves up by early October.

“We’re fortunate to have talented people like Mara and the others to share their art in such a fun fashion,” Williams said. “It would be sad if we let a few rude people ruin such a nice public art project.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311