"Game of Thrones" Inspires "Yarnbombing" in West Village - NBC New York

"Game of Thrones" Inspires "Yarnbombing" in West Village



    Missing Dragon in Greenwich Village

    A clever yarnbomber, artist London Kaye, decided to beautify a vacant lot on 14th Street in Manhattan - with a fire-eating dragon, inspired by HBO's "Game of Thrones." When it was removed, she had no choice: she replaced it with the plaintive plea of the Queen of Dragons herself: "Have you seen my dragon?" (Published Thursday, May 21, 2015)

    A "yarnbomber" in the West Village had the proper answer this week for the person who took down her "Game of Thrones"-inspired dragon made of yarn: Daenerys Targaryen.

    London Kaye, a street artist who started crocheting when she was 13, festooned a 20-foot fence in front of a lot on 14th Street with a fire-breathing dragon last month.  But someone didn't like her "yarnbombing," a form of guerrilla street art using yarns and fibers that are knit or crocheted in public places for both protest and whimsy, and took down the colorful creation.

    First, the dragon was removed. Then, the rest of the flames. For a couple of days, little ribbons were tied onto the fence asking "where's the dragon?"

    "This must have been done by someone in the neighborhood," Kaye told NBC 4 New York. "It touched me so much that it inspired my next piece.....I felt like people loved the dragon so much that I wanted to do something more."

    Yesterday, London Kaye installed her new creation on that same fence, making a yarn picture of Daenerys Targaryen the so-called "Mother of Dragons" from the HBO hit series. Targaryen, dressed in her queen garb, blonde hair cascading down, is holding a sign echoing the cry of the neighborhood: "Have You Seen My Dragon?"