Graffiti Beach Magazine - Street Art Issue - Summer 2013 - Issue 004

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Street art’s public stage is also a powerful platform for community outreach. In June 2012, Stephen Duneier showed us how to transform yarn bombing into a message to be heard on high. Together with other yarn bombers, Duneier, who also happens to be the founding partner of an investment firm based in Santa Barbara, CA, hiked up Santa Barbara’s Cold Spring Trail to the most popular eucalyptus tree in Southern California. Once there, his team meticulously wrapped the arbor attraction from base to branch in a rainbowcolored medley of yarn that would make a J.Crew sweater model jealous. The eucalyptus tree-turnedfashionista became an instant beacon for the beauty of the Santa Barbara trails and the concept of enjoying art for art’s sake, all while drawing attention to what Duneier called “the benefits of a purely analog activity in a digital world.”

S T E P H E N D U N EIER Specialty: Yarn Bombing Based: Santa Barbara, CA

Artist: Stephen Duneier Installation: Santa Barbara, CA Info: Yarn bomb for a New Year’s resolution

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