PDX statues are decked out for the holidays as local crafters knit and crochet ugly sweaters to honor Portland’s “yarn bombing” tradition.
More than a dozen of Portland’s iconic statues will be yarn bombed this holiday season. The tradition kicked off with the “Allow Me” statue (man holding umbrella) in Pioneer Square and several “Animals in Pools” statues along Yamhill and Morrison streets.
In the past, sweaters have been cut and stolen from the statues. Local crafters this year will be quick to replace the sweaters with extras they keep on reserve.
“Yarn bombing” is a part of the city’s Monumental Attire Project, which includes a social media Ugly Sweater Photo Contest starting Monday, December 2 and an Ugly Sweater Decorating Party at Punch Bowl Social on Saturday, December 7.
“During the holidays, downtown Portland is the place to be,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “It’s our unique combination of cultural attractions, restaurants and the mix of local and national stores that draws people downtown. Top it off with a temporary art installation and social media contest that ties into this year’s holiday sweater theme, and it knits together a truly memorable experience.”
The Monumental Attire Project is partnering with Transition Projects, Inc., an organization that helps people transition from homelessness to housing.
Those participating in yarn bombing, the sweater contest, or the decorating party are encouraged to donate warm clothing to Transition Projects, Inc.