Senior citizens at Mayfair Village Senior Living Community have been knitting since January.

Their finished products are accessories for Dublin's landmarks.

The Dublin Arts Council on Saturday, June 10, will launch its second temporary fiber art public art project, known as Yarn Over Dublin, to coincide with International Yarn Bombing Day.

Creations hand-made by senior citizens in central Ohio will dress up 10 permanent public artworks across Dublin.

Yarn bombing focuses on public art, giving spectators a fresh way to view the installations, said David Guion, the Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"It really does reintroduce the community to our public art collection," Guion said.

The DAC's first yarn bombing installation was in Dublin's Historic District last year, Guion said, and this year the council will expand the installation to other parts of the community.

The city of Dublin is assisting with the yarn installation this week.

As many as 100 knitters contributed to the project.

The DAC hadn't worked directly with senior citizens as a group before and engaging with this growing population is important, he said.

In addition to making art, the knitting is a social activity that brings the elderly together.

Kimberly Patton, lifestyle services director at Mayfield, said residents at Mayfield's nursing center and independent and assisted living communities helped knit for the installation project.

The knitters have worked every Wednesday together and sometimes in their free time as well, Patton said, knitting scarves and contributing to a large installation for the top of the watch tower.

"It really gives them purpose and meaning," Patton said.

Sites for yarn installations include:

* "Out of Bounds" by Lloyd Hamrol, Avery Park, 7401 Avery Road.

* "Going, Going ... Gone!" by Don Merkt, Darree Fields Park, 6259 Cosgray Road.

* "One Step at a Time" by Candyce Garrett, Kaltenbach Park, 5984 Cara Road.

* "Watch House" by Todd Slaughter, Coffman Park, 5200 Emerald Parkway.

* "Field of Corn (with Osage Oranges)" by Malcolm Cochran, Frantz Park, 4995 Rings Road.

* "Daily Chores" by Michael Tizzano, Historic Dublin, BriHi plaza, northwest corner of Bridge and High streets.

* "Sanguine Standing Stone & Jaunty Hornbeam" by Joseph Wheelwright, Dublin Arts Council grounds, 7125 Riverside Drive.

* "Tree of Life, Future Tense" by Mary Jo Bole, Dublin Arts Council grounds, 7125 Riverside Drive.

* "Freedom" by Alfred Tibor, Dublin Arts Council grounds, 7125 Riverside Drive.

Bus tours of the project will be available June 10 when senior citizens and their families will gather to knit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dublin Arts Council, 7125 Riverside Drive, in recognition of Worldwide Knit in Public Day.

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