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Disability Action Center sponsors yarn-bombed wheelchair for Pullman Art Walk

Disability Action Center sponsors yarn-bombed wheelchair for Pullman Art Walk
PULLMAN, WA - If you’ve been through Pullman recently you may have noticed some extra pops of color.

Jenee’ Ryan tells us about the knit-graffiti, and why it's there.

Red and white...Green and yellow...purple and blue. These are just some of the colors that are currently sprinkling downtown Pullman.

“Some communities, uhm, they consider it vandalism … but in Pullman, and the Pullman Arts Commission, we celebrate street art every year during our Art Walk," said Pullman Arts Commission, Vicki Leeper. The Cougar statue and the clock-tower on Grand have both been yarn-bombed by the Good Yarns Group.

To know who did the yarn-bombing is a unique situation. Usually it’s done at night and it's done anonymously. While the decorating of the Cougar and the clock were all in good fun to tease the upcoming fifth annual Art Walk, sometimes the fluffy graffiti carries a serious message. Like this piece on Pine Street sponsored by the Disability Action Center.

“We chose to do a wheelchair because-- as a political statement-- it's a way to make something that's kind of cold and sterile a little more warm and fuzzy...more personalized...and remove the stigma that's associated with a person that's using a wheelchair,” said Leeper.

The Pullman Art Walk kicked off Friday at five, in the Pine Street Plaza. There will be an artist reception with live music and free cake until eight.
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