Taksim Park Yarn Bombing Video

Our yarnbombing was a great success. Here's a link to photos I took there:


The local TV station ATV also came and talked with us.


Our section is at just about 1:00 on the clip.

The reporter says "These people are dressing the trees to send the message that the trees should not be cut. It's a lot of work, so both women and men are knitting and contributing. Özlem, the woman in the tree says, "We're covering the tree to protest the cutting of the trees."

Reporter: It's hard to knit those, isn't it?
Özlem: It's actually not that hard, and it's a lot of fun. We meet every week and everyone knits what he or she can. (We have several guys in the group.)

She asked me what we were doing, I said "We're going to dress the tree..."
-Where are you from?
-I'm American. I come from a really green part of the U.S., so in the rather cement-bound city of Istanbul I do miss the green...

She then went to an older and fairly traditional woman who had come by and joined in, and asked "so what do you think about a man knitting?" The woman answered "I think it's perfectly normal, why shouldn't he?" The reporter answered "But he's knitting well, what do you think about that?" (It was almost like she was trying to get some sort of "that's weird" response out of her. But she said, "There are no 'men can't do it' jobs. Men and women can do anything if they have the will to do it."

For me, the best part was how local people of all ages came and got involved. The area just down from the park has a large population of poor Roma (Gypsies) and Kurds and they have no other green place available to them and their kids. Middle-aged upper class housewives and Kurdish ladies from villages in the east both came by and helped out; four or five of them even got into a knitting competition together.


KenInMaine's picture

Thanks so much for sharing the photos and video. What a very cool project to be a part of!

bobinthebul's picture

It was a great day and they're a lovely bunch of people!

Tom Hart's picture

How completely extraordinary to see someone you know from an online knitting group talking Turkish on Turkish TV at a knitting protest in a park in Istanbul. It’s a real gobstopper, so it is... Well done, Bob!

Bill's picture

I don't think I've ever heard Turkish spoken, fascinating sounds.
Hope your work makes an impression on the officials.

bobinthebul's picture

Well, I hope the sheer number of people who turned out for the event as a whole will make an impression. Up to that point they had collected around 7000 signatures at the Taksim metro entrance. By 3:00 that day they'd collected 7 or 8000 more, and that was before it even got crowded. So for them to ignore it would be a real slap in the face now.

When the first project plans came along, there were objections from many different areas, the Chamber of Architects, the Historic Preservation Society, etc. The Prime minister just ignored them all and said, "This project will be carried out." Almost overnight they put up barricades around certain streets that are being run underground (creating a larger pedestrian only square but also creating big "traffic valleys" on several sides that cut off access on several sides and divide the district. The poorer people who live in those neighborhoods are seen as expendable, or worse, just an undesirable element to be gotten rid of so more money can be made.

phew's picture

Bob: It is so good to have you back with us and what a wonderful project to use your skiils for i.e. GREEN! Do you really play the banjo!


bobinthebul's picture

Thanks, and yes I do play the banjo. :)

CLABBERS's picture

What a great way to finally meet you. You looked great and loved the project. Well done!


New York Built's picture

There is nothing more satisfying and affirming than combine two or more passions into your life. Congratulations! Keep exploring this...but you have a major advantage and difference...I can only do it in English!

Every person I encounter teaches me more about myself. Without whom not.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Yyyyaaayyyyy! I hope it makes a huge difference and that the green zone can be saved.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

SAPBrown's picture

Keep up the green fight. Nice to see such unity.

Growing up here in the "Pine Belt" no trees, is a hard thought to imagine.

Getting ready for Arbor Day here.

Nehkhasi's picture

May all the beautiful thoughts, efforts and energy be properly rewarded.