Delaney O’Keefe uses yarn to weave color and make art out of the seemingly ordinary places on campus. This semester, her and a team of friends yarn bombed the Calling statue on Caf Lane.
“This is a project I’ve wanted to do since my freshman year, but I never thought I’d be able to (at least not with permission).”
“The idea behind yarn bombing the Calling statue is to draw attention to something that we constantly walk past without thinking about. It has become something common rather than extraordinary which is what the Calling really is. Just like he did with Peter, Jesus calls us to follow him and be reflections of his love and of the Kingdom. The yarn draws the attention of the students walking by and encourages them to stop and think about the dense meaning that this particular statue really embodies.”
Last April, O’Keefe and her friends yarn bombed the cross at the entrance of PLNU, and the tree outside of chapel last February.
“There is a lot of work that goes into yarn bombing. For this particular piece, I had a team of friends help by putting in hours of work just crocheting the pieces. Then on Sunday evening (Nov. 5), I spent about five hours attaching the pieces to the cross one by one. It is a lot of work, but it’s what I love to do, and it is awesome so be able to see and hear how my art affects everyone on campus. I am so honored to be able to display my art in this public way on a campus I love so dearly.”
Not only do O’Keefe’s yarn bombings add a special fall flair to campus, but they invite students to stop and notice the everyday symbols, now covered in their own rainbow tube socks, that carry so much meaning.