How does a small Riverina country town mark the anniversary of the Beatles arrival in Oz 50 years ago.
They make a bomb that's what!
That's right, the town of Holbrook in Southern NSW has come together to knit and crochet like crazy to 'yarn bomb' the 90m HMAS Otway submarine in a blanket of yellow. I believe its one of the biggest Yarn Bomb projects ever attempted.
When I was listening to the launch of this community project on the radio yesterday I thought it sounded like a great venture and I must say, Im a bit of a nostalgic person and love it when I hear of a small town getting together and putting themselves on the map.
Holbrook is a small town about 60km out of Albury on the Victorian/ NSW border. Last year a bypass was built around Holbrook which at the time was a bit of a blow, as the small community of about 1200 residents came to be quite worried as to how the reduced traffic would might affect business in the town.
As it turns out, the bypass has not been as detrimental as what was originally perceived. People are still stopping in on their way up and down the Hume, eating at the Bakery, eating counter meals at the pub and they are still coming to see the HMAS Otway, and now even more while she is all dressed up in a blanket of yellow.
Now how in the world does a 90m Submarine come to end out its days in a small country town like Holbrook you ask?
The town in fact was patriotically named after Navy Lt Norman Douglas Holbrook at the end of World War One. He was a decorated war time submarine captain and when the council came into knowledge that the army was decommissioning the submarine HMAS Otway in 1995, they thought it would be fitting to honour their captain and purchase the submarine to put on show in the town.
In the following years through gifts and fundraising the town managed to acquire the entire outside skin of the sub and there it now sits in Holbrook.
The Murray Arts Run Project is the force behind the yarn bombing of the Submarine and not only is it the Beatles 50th touring year Anniversary, it also happened to be International Yarn Bombing day yesterday, The Centenary of Australian Submarines and The annual Holbrook Sheep Show. Party central!!
Just from listening to the radio yesterday morning it was very apparent that this has been a huge project for the organisers and the town with many of the different segments of this 'Yarn Bomb' having come from all over the country, as well as from overseas, including Scotland where the submarine has its original links.
I think I heard every single song ever written with the word 'Yellow' in it on the radio yesterday and from listening to all the locals and the brains behind the Murray Arts project, I think people will be stopping by in Holbrook for a long time yet. They really have a renewed positive outlook for their little, yellow submarine town because of this project and this has certainly put their town on the map and quashed any threats of lost business due to the highway bypass.
At the conclusion of the project all the blankets will be donated to animal shelters in the outlying districts and communities which brings in another great helping hand for wider community.
I am really hoping to make the 1.5 hour trek to check out this Yarn Bombing effort and take some pics for myself, as I love to see a good arts project in action. However with footy and pruning grapes on the weekends and the fact that id be travelling alone with the two toddlers in tow Im not going to hold my breath that Ill make it there.
However I did want to share this with you all today as it really is amazing what a small town can achieve when they put their creative minds to it and really, whats not to like about Yellow. I loooove Yellow.
You can read more about this project in this article I found too.
As I ponder upon learning crochet and hum away to 'Yellow Submarine' and Coldplay's 'Yellow', I want to ask you out there if you have seen a great 'Yarn Bombing' project like this before or whether you yourself have been part of a big community art project that has put your town or city on the map?
Id love to hear about it.
Thanks for visiting today
Both pictures for this post were sourced from the ABC Goulbourn Murray Facebook Page and the collage pics are from a Google Images search.