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BOISE -- Graffiti art has turned warm and fuzzy on the streets of downtown Boise.

A band of mysterious artiststook on the dangerous, exciting hobby called yarn bombing and brightened up the city with knit graffiti.

The city doesn't knowwho is responsible for the creative decorations. Traditionally inother cities,the artists sneak out during the dark hours of the night to decorate street fixtures such as bike racks and parking meters.

Although graffiti is typically a criminal offense, Boise officials see this type of activity as a positive way to be creative, as well as add to the functionality of street fixtures.

Boise is a creative town and we appreciate the artistic involvement of our community, said City of Boise spokesperson Adam Park. This is a good example and we think it's a good thing. It is fun and adds to the visual aesthetic of the downtown area.

Park also consulted with officials at city parking services, the Department of Arts, and the Capital City Development Corporation, who said that they are aware of the knit graffiti and do not have a problem with it as long as it does not interfere with the structures' functionality.

Not only does the knit graffiti add color to the streets, but it also serves a practical purpose.

City officials received several complaints about bike racks and poles scratching people's bikes when they lock them up. The yarn isserving as a protective barrier between the pole and a bike.

Although knit graffiti is new to the streets of Boise, it is a hobby that is taking over streets all across the country and large objects, such as houses, buses, and trees can be seen knitted in large cities like Denver and Seattle.

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