by Yael Smith
February 2013 was the Chinese New Year of the Snake. We were asked to make crocheted snakes to decorate the bollards at the top of Bold Street, which link Liverpool's Chinatown with the city centre.
To fit around the bollards, the snakes had to be at least 5 foot in length. 2-3 were made at 8 foot long. Each member who could committed themselves to a number of snakes, about 1 or 2 was the average, but some made more. Most snakes were stuffed with shopping bags, which proved effective and waterproof!
We each installed our snakes on A freezing cold Sunday morning, 10th February 2013, at around 9.30am. A parade went through Bold Street later that day, displaying traditional dances and many people attended, despite the weather.
Within 24 hours of installation, all the snakes except one were taken off the bollards by members of the public who decided to adopt them! This caused such a stir that the local news took interest and two of our members were interviewed on local TV and radio.
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