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Yarnbomber dressed Denver sculpture in crochet Speedo bearing state flag

“If you look at it from the front, it looks kind of like a diaper, because it’s a little too big, but the side facing Speer looks just like a Speedo,”

By Claire Martin - Source: http://www.denverpost.com
Kyle Williams, who as an artist goes by k-wullums, stands by the sculpture after putting on the underwear. (Photo provided by Kyle Williams)

Kyle Williams, who as an artist goes by k-wullums, stands by the sculpture after putting on the underwear. (Photo provided by Kyle Williams)

“The original idea was cargo shorts, but then we were joking around, and my friend Andy said it would really be funny if we did a Speedo,” Williams said.

It took nine skeins of yarn and about 3½ weeks for Williams to diagram, design and crochet Project Speedo. Before being draped and secured with zip-ties, the garment was roughly 15 feet long.

Instead of waiting until dark, Williams and some friends showed up at the statue’s feet at midday Sunday with a ladder and a 15-foot pole rented from Home Depot. They worked purposefully as a nearby police officer looked on.

Kyle Williams, who as an artist goes by k-wullums, stands by the sculpture after putting on the underwear. (Photo provided by Kyle Williams)

Kyle Williams, who as an artist goes by k-wullums, stands by the sculpture after putting on the underwear. (Photo provided by Kyle Williams)

One man was on the ladder, guiding the fabric with a rope and the pole, as Williams clung to the statue’s leg, working quickly with the zip-ties.

“If you look at it from the front, it looks kind of like a diaper, because it’s a little too big, but the side facing Speer looks just like a Speedo,” he said.

“That night, as I was delivering pizzas, every time I went by, I would just laugh and laugh and laugh.”

After unsuccessfully trying to join the yarnbombers who decorated Denver’s Big Blue Bear with a ball and chain in 2011, Williams decided to work on his own. The Speedo Project was his debut.

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