Outdoor yarn art project in Conway defaced overnight

Yarn Zoo vandalism

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Representatives for an outdoor art installation in Conway say a crocheted monkey was vandalized over the weekend.

It appears a vandal ripped the crocheted monkey, part of CREATE! Conway's "Yarn Zoo" project, from the awning of a restaurant early Sunday morning, and then used another piece of yarn art to tie it by the neck to the front door of the restaurant.

"While this may seem like an innocent prank, it is actually malicious damage of private property," stated Barbara Streeter, director of CREATE! Conway, the sponsor of the City-approved, Yarn Zoo project. She says the group recently received complaints about the art project on the group's Facebook page.

"Yarn Zoo is seen by some folks as silly and unnecessary and some people fail to understand our purpose and intent," Streeter added.

Kim Hardee recently opened a new restaurant in Downtown Conway. She says she welcomes the unique concept.

"It's good to think outside of the box. I think a lot of the children will like it. [Conway] is a nice place for families, for walking downtown,  to see something different," said Hardee, about Yarn Zoo.

Yarn Zoo is a new public art installation of hand-knitted and crocheted animals and other creations, on display in the streets of historic downtown Conway, representatives stated in a news release. The project was created by a team of 10 volunteers who worked for over two months to create the animals, flowers and crocheted coverings installed on railings, benches, bicycle stands, trash cans, and more.

Streeter says she hopes this weekend's incident does not become a reoccurring problem.

"This project is up for one month, so we would expect people who aren't crazy about it, to be tolerant of it. You will see the people coming into town to take pictures," added Streeter.

For more information on CREATE! Conway, visit: http://createconway.com/

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