Street art calls out domestic violence

Zonta members Greg Woodward and Karen Hickman. Picture: Robert Williams

Thousands of brightly-coloured knitted squares cover the trees in front of the Blacktown City Council office to make a public statement against domestic and family violence.

The visually-arresting artwork known as ‘yarn bombing’ was produced by the Zonta Club of Cumberland West and Blacktown City Women’s Advisory Committee. The Zonta Club is a global organisation of professionals empowering women through service and advocacy and working on local projects.  

Blacktown Hospital maternity liaison officer Athena Kandris, who is a member of both groups behind the project, said the crafty knitters have been meeting for more than six months to create the 1,100 colourful squares.

The art is on display in Blacktown City Council’s Civic Plaza all this week. Picture: Robert Williams

“Thanks to Blacktown City Council and the Zonta Club of Cumberland West, who collaborated to make this visual stand against violence in our communities,” Athena said.

“Knit-bombing or yarn-bombing is the wrapping of a surface with knitted items, and we thought this was a creative way to grab people’s attention and raise awareness of an important issue.”

Patients from the oncology department, staff from Women’s Health and the Women’s Craft Auxiliary also knitted for the project.

The colourful installation will be on display until 29 November and then the knitted squares  will be removed, washed and made into blankets for local charities.

Staff and members of the public are welcome to come on down to view the installation located opposite the council building on Flushcombe Road, Blacktown. Representatives will be available between 12:30pm- 2.00pm every day this week to answer questions and help people add pom-poms to the installation.

The Blacktown City Women’s Advisory Committee provides advice to the council on issues relevant to women, including policy development, planning of services, facilities, projects and programs, the best ways to consult and engage with local communities, and ways to improve access to services and facilities for women.

For further information about the display click here, and for more information about the Zonta Club contact Athena Kandris on 86705391.