Yarn Bombing A Subway Car For Smiles

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Anyone who takes public transit on a daily basis would likely agree that sometimes, it just sucks! The smell, the crowding and the complete lack of courtesy can really wear you down. It’s this daily grind that motivated street artist London Kaye O’Donnell to “yarn bomb” a subway car with crochet hearts and a smile in New York this past Valentine’s Day, and the results… well, you can see for yourself in the video below.

London Kaye is a classically trained dancer who discovered her passion for crochet when she was thirteen years old. She went on to receive a dance scholarship to New York University and after graduation, traveled the world making a documentary entitled What Makes You Smile?

“Who’s going to stop a little girl crocheting?”Once back in New York she dove into the local street art scene and began developing her signature style of crocheting on trees, statues, fences and subway cars.

Her pieces, which are usually unsanctioned, are taken down pretty quickly; you have to be in the right place at just the right moment to catch a glimpse. London didn’t expect this installation to last either, but that didn’t stop her.

“The goal is to make people smile… I don’t even like Valentine’s, but I want to wish everyone a happy one,” she laughed.

Mission accomplished!

Lead image and video via AnimalNY

  • Marge

    What a happy sight! I found that I was smiling as I watched her crochet, and then I found I was smiling even more as I saw each person smile. I especially liked the guys that danced on the poles!!! Congratulations London Kaye on bringing joy to everyone on those trains! Daily subway riders need those moments of joy! I’m sure they talked about what they saw all day long.

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