The modest rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threatening horn.
While the lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn not a threat stain her beauty bright.
Inspired by a verse from the poem Bring me the Sunflower by Italian poet Eugenio Montale.
So bring me the plant that takes you right
where the blond hazes shimmering rise
and life fumes to air as spirit does;
bring me the sunflower crazy with the light.
(translated from Italian by George Kay)
Don’t you just love that CRAZY WITH LIGHT. The sunflower hangs in place of the Iris as it was time for repair and change. On the fence of PS72 on the corner of E104th & Lex.
Inspired by Diego Rivera’s The Flower Seller. The calla lily is a sensual, sculptural flower, very Mexican. The East Harlem demographic is 51% hispanic including an increasing number of Mexicans.
Rivera painted calla’s many times, particularly in frescoes depicted peasants carrying bundles or offerings of them.
This one is for my husband, his love affair with Mexico is ongoing and shows through our wall tapestries, crockery and now the neighborhood in which we live. This yarnbomb is located on the corner of E111th & Lexington, directly opposite the newly named Young Lords Way.
I couldn’t resist it, E 104th between Lex and 3rd. This is our church, this is why we are here in New York.
The graffiti piece is a personal commission done by Intelligent Graffiti, an artist I came across in Brooklyn. This piece will be hung in our lounge when we eventually move into our permanent East Harlem residence.
I didn’t realize but the location I finally decided on for my latest crochet flower piece is actually where a building collapsed just under 10 years ago and still remains undeveloped. A twitter follower sent me this link http://www.east-harlem.com/index.php/News/view/building_collapse_at_e_108th_street/
Response has been positive even effusive and a massive compliment from my parents saying its my best yet. Things like that still matter a great deal and mean the most. So I think I’m working on a theme. The next is scheduled for mid August and is actually a birthday gift to my husband and has a Mexican edge.
This is my Yarnbomb debut in New York, East Harlem. Its hung on the fence of PS72 which is located at East 104th and Lex. Taking inspiration from the irises currently in full bloom in Central Park and scattered around in community gardens and allotments and also from Louise Glück, who wrote a poem called Wild Iris, she is New York born and raised.
“from the center of my life came a great fountain, deep blue shadows on azure seawater”
I will be working on a series of crochet flowers and will aim to install in the local neighborhood over the next few months. Watch this space East Harlem.