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The commute may be a snowy mess, but downtown St. Paul’s light fixtures are looking warm and snuggly.
In what some have mistaken for a cozy act of civil disobedience, a coalition of self-described “yarn bombers” brazenly decorated light poles and street fixtures by St. Paul’s Rice Park and up and down Fourth Street on Sunday, directly in front of the Ramsey County Courthouse and St. Paul City Hall.
The yarn vigilantes signed several of their elaborate knit creations by adding laminated labels with their names, hometowns and even pictures of themselves, revealing a widespread network that stretches from the capital city to Embarrass, Minn.
On social media, at least one yarn-bomber pledged to continue to wrap light poles with knitting this week.
The yarn work is led by the “Rage to Order Artists Initiative” of Lowertown, with support from the St. Paul Saints Art Program and a series of sponsors, including St. Paul and Ramsey County.
The goal is to wrap 158 lamp posts along 12 downtown city blocks from Rice Park to CHS Field and keep them on display into March.
“It’s so cold that the light poles in downtown St. Paul have cozies on them. In Philadelphia, the “Crisco Cops” covered light poles with grease to keep people from climbing up the poles after last week’s NFC championship game (which didn’t work). But here in the Twin Cities, authorities seem so deathly afraid that some child will turn himself into the second coming of Flick from “A Christmas Story” (a film taped in the downright balmy climate of Cleveland) that they commissioned a series of cozies to prevent it. Sure, each of the street poles have unique designs for their cozies, so it looks like a nice public art project—but we know what the deal is.”