Awards and medals are often bestowed from a higher authority, for a predetermined award category. Historically, awards are associated with military groups and the preservation of certain social orders and ideologies. In contrast, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles proposes a grassroots approach to the award ceremony. Instead of offering awards in predetermined categories, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles asks community participants to craft their own awards for under-recognized personal achievements. A community member may award themselves for making an amazing cup of coffee, or for the hours they spend in caregiving for another family member.

Yarn Bombing Los Angeles will transform a selection of these awards into a large scale installation on the Side Street Projects site between John Muir High School and the 210 freeway, creating a path of honor. The personal achievements signified by the awards become monumental through the change in scale; at the same time, the grassroots and handcrafted nature of the award point to the anti-monumental. This redefinition of the public monument is a common theme that runs throughout Yarn Bombing Los Angeles’ temporary, collectively generated public work. Through playing with the meanings and aesthetics of the monument, Yarn Bombing Los Angeles continues challenging the ideologies underpinning site-specific public art.

Award Yourself Workshop
Saturday, February 28, 11-2 PM
SSP Mobile HQ
34.178816, -118.164395
Pasadena, CA 91103

All Award Yourself events are free and open to the public.


Made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.