The afghans are occupying Gila Community College next week with big plans to bomb the garden.
But don’t worry, these afghans are unarmed.
Inspired by a national craze known as yarn bombing, grandma graffiti and guerrilla knitting, GCC folk art students on Monday will cover nearly everything in a center court garden with colorful yarn starting at 1 p.m.
GCC instructor Elissa Hugens-Aleshire said yarn bombing has become a movement globally, with knitters covering park benches, vehicles, lamp posts, bicycles and even the bull statue near Wall Street.
While some people yarn bomb to make a political statement, GCC students are just trying to bring a little colorful whimsy to the garden, said Juliet Wing, a folk art student.
Wing demonstrated yarn bombing for fellow classmates recently, covering a boulder in the garden with an afghan.
On Monday, Hugens-Aleshire’s students will use colorful, knitted blankets to cover trees, rocks, bushes, rain gutters — virtually everything in the garden. The blankets and yarn will not damage any the plants and, depending on the weather, the exhibit will remain up for several weeks.
Hugens-Aleshire admits yarn bombing may look a little crazy, but most outsider art does.
While many of Hugens’ students are proficient in various mediums, yarn bombing is “outside any of our expertise.”
“All of these people are doing art that is out of their comfort level,” she said.
Hugens’ class is structured around learning about folk artists and gaining the confidence to test their own artistic boundaries.
“I consider it art for people that do not want to be in a regular art class,” she said. “I really try not to tell them what to do at all. All I do is facilitate.”
Anyone who can knit, crochet or wrap yarn around a tree is encouraged to participate on Monday.
“Or just come watch and cheer us on,” Wing said.