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A unique urban forest in Melbourne

on February 6, 2013

I’m in Melbourne for a few days and yesterday as I walked past the little City Square part of town, I noticed some brightly coloured trees. I was on my way to meet a friend though, so couldn’t stop to check them out. This morning, I went back to have a look at these amazing beauties that are brightening up the CBD – a yarn bombing initiative to draw attention to Melbourne’s urban forest plans, as far as I can work out. Whatever about the plans to preserve the city’s trees over the next 20 years (see, I did actually have a look at the website that was advertised on the trees, so their clever plan is working), these colourful tree cardigans and quilts have won me.

And it does get quite cold here in the winter, so I hope that they leave them on for a while – am sure the trees will feel quite naked without them. Good job, city of Melbourne – your razzle dazzle urban forest attention-grabber is fabulous!

A yarn-bombed City Square, Melbourne.

A yarn-bombed City Square, Melbourne.

A bizarre rainbow of woolly trees...

A bizarre rainbow of woolly trees…

A blue granny blanket at the tram and bus stop.

A blue granny tree blanket at the tram and bus stop.

Keeping it green.

Keeping it green.

Sure brightens up this part of the CBD, with lots of trees wrapped down the street.

Sure brightens up this part of the CBD, with lots of trees wrapped down the street.


12 responses to “A unique urban forest in Melbourne

  1. Ross says:

    I love it, very quirky, take note Sydney….

  2. Gotta’ love a good yarn bomb… Hey Sparks! Long time, no speak. How come Melbourne always seems just that wee bit hipper than Sydney…?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Warwick in Queensland has had a Jumpers and Jazz Festival for years – good to see Melbourne taking the initiative from a town in Queensland – 2012 photos on facebook:- http://www.facebook.com/JumpersandJazzinJuly#!/media/set/?set=a.10150987488458730.409245.190321713729&type=3

    • Cate says:

      Aha, thank you anonymous Qld correspondent! πŸ˜‰ It’s such a great idea and so nice that so much effort has been made to brighten up the place. Looks fantastic!

  4. Yarn tastic! Such fun, next time do TSL and I get an invite to Melbourne ! πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for doing a blog post on our wonderful installation. We’re so glad you like it. It will come down on February 17th, so get in quick for another look.

    • Cate says:

      Hey, thanks for stopping by – I LOVE your work in City Square and beyond, congratulations on an amazing job! Sad that it’s ending soon, but hopefully you can yarn bomb another part of the city to spread the fun around town. And in the meantime, love the sound of your stitch ‘n’ bitch classes. Awesome stuff!

  6. Tony says:

    Wonderful isn’t it!? I’ve been so enjoying walking through the yarn forest on my way to the tram stop.

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