Views of the Neighborhood – Crochet Art

Today’s view of the neighborhood is very unusual. Every year during the holidays an unknown person decorates the bollards that serve to keep cars away from certain parts of the beach. These decorations are hand crochets, and each one is unique. What is surprising is one day they are not there and the next they are. The same goes for when they disappear. I hope you enjoy this mystery. (Where else but in Port Aransas?)

This will give you an idea of what the bollards do. They keep cars from driving on the beach. The building on the right can be seen from a distance as part of the last photo.

Port Aransas bollards

A close up of the work put into the crochet.

A nod to Halloween.

Another close upΒ of a character

This shot gives you a sense of the work.

This shot is to give you an idea of the scope.

Another character closeΒ up.

These run all the way back to the twin buildings on the left.

I hope you enjoyed the walk. I wish there were more information on who is responsible for this art. Β The person is anonymous and wants to remain so.


  1. Great artist it is! And a good person, for sure!

    1. I agree, Maria. Thank you.

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Extraordinary! I have dozens of questions now, not the least of which is – what prompted the artistry? This could be a Nightly News segment or one of the mysteries in your books. πŸ˜€ Have a great day; you’ve just made mine terrific!

    1. I wish I had answers, but I don’t. It is a delightful mystery and make smiles. Thanks, Gwen.

  3. I wonder what the person does with them during the rest of the year.

    1. Keeps em in mothballs I hope. πŸ˜€

  4. Hmmm, cozies on the bollards. That’s not one I’ve seen before, but I like it. πŸ™‚

    1. Me either (except for last year). I like it too.

  5. I loved this, John! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Sunday!

    1. Happy Sunday, Jill. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  6. Love these kinds of positive mysteries.

    1. Me too. Thanks, Charles.

  7. What a fun thing to do, and for your community.

  8. I’ve never seen crochet, but there is a thing known as “yarn bombing,” where trees, light poles, and so on are wrapped with differently colored yarns. One of my readers has a daughter who participates, up in Canada. Sometimes the projects are anonymous: sometimes not. I’m glad to see the practice has arrived in Port A!

    1. Good information. Thanks, Linda. πŸ˜€

  9. Now that’s funny! πŸ™‚ But this way the bollards do look pretty. And – at this time of the year – they won’t feel cold. πŸ˜€
    Have a great Sunday, John,

    1. Good point, Pit. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  10. Now I can truly say I have never seen that before!

    1. I know right? Thanks.

  11. Festive though. And no one steals them?

    1. No. They stay until the creator collects them

      1. That’s awesome!

  12. What a great idea! Art and beauty.

    1. Yup, Thanks, Jennie

      1. You’re welcome!

  13. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Thos are brilliant! Thanks for showing them to us, John πŸ˜€

  14. How neat! A creator-owner-thief! Lovely work! β™₯

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Billy Ray.

      1. β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ (one for you, your Bride, Bailey, and Lucy!

  15. This just makes me smile! Amazing to see. Thanks so much for sharing, John. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you , Natalie πŸ™‚

  16. My late grandmother used to crochet. Beautiful, intricate art that not many folks today take time to learn. Love how effective these are at providing a little whimsy and protecting the beach.

    1. Yes they do provide the whimsy. Thank you, Debbie.

  17. Quite a mystery! I have never seen it in Port A. Is it only there is winter or at random times of the year? It does add color and art to the beach area!

    1. Only around Christmas.

  18. Great stuff, John. Each time these are put in place, are they new ones or is the artist using the same ones each time? Fascinating mystery!

    1. I think they go from year to year.

  19. What an awesome thing for someone or someones to do. Very artistic. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know right? Thanks, Jan

  20. Mary Adler · ·

    Loved those. I imagine the delight of the person who made them as she or he observe other folks –like you,John- admiring their handiwork and wondering who did them. Thank you for the smile.

    1. I can imagine all that as well , Mary. Thank you for the visit and the super observation. πŸ™‚

  21. Applesauce! Where did Sunday go? I knew there was something missing from my day.
    This is a fun mystery, John. Cute idea. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan. You’ve been busy.

      1. I didn’t feel busy because I didn’t accomplish much… Spent the weekend scouring… Thank goodness this is a holiday. Whoo-hoo.

      2. Yes. Time for relaxation. πŸ™‚

  22. Whatever inspired the yarn artist to do this was a huge benefit to the neighborhood. How much fun it must be looking for old favorites and finding something new. My favorite has to be the snowman.

    1. I like that one too. Thank you for the comment, Michelle.

  23. These look so whimsical and fun. It’s like you’re living in a candy shop, John.

    1. Thank you, Dan. They are a surprise for sure.

  24. These are so fun and creative – I especially like the snowman.

    1. The snowman is a favorite.

  25. This is so beautiful to see! I love the snowman!

    1. I do too. Thank you for the visit

  26. These are beautiful! I love seeing other crochet and what people can create!!

    1. Thank you for the visit.

  27. What a wonderful neighbourhood to be living in, John and certainly, the artist must know that bigger children, such as myself, would also spend fun time looking at each of these creations, and weave stories around them. Thanks for posting such fun things. I’m reblogging to Fauna Park Tales.

    1. Thank you for the visit and lovely comment. πŸ˜€

      1. I love your posts on views from the neighbourhood, even though I don’t always have time to log in to leave a comment. πŸ€“

  28. Reblogged this on About Fauna Park Tales and commented:
    Art can be found in many places and thanks to John Howell, we now have a special view of the neighbourhood in Port Aransas as well. The crochet artist remains anonymous and that is a mystery in itself.

    1. I know right. Thanks, Maretha.

  29. What a lovely thing to do, John. I’m surprised that nobody takes any of them home with them. Whoever makes them, obviously enjoys making them. I wonder if they live on the Island or are local? It reminds me a little of the artist ‘Banksy.’

    1. This is the kind of place it is. No one would think of depriving another of the joy of seeing these pieces. We are a population of 3000 and it seems everyone knows everyone else. Yet no one knows who does this. Thanks, Hugh.

      1. Looks as if it’s a mystery that may never be solved, John. I don’t think that matters, though. It’s a wonderful thing to do. It reminds me of the time somebody left lots of pebbles that contained lovely quotes on them around the bay where we live. They had all been handpainted and nobody ever found out who had left them.
        Have a great week.

      2. The beautiful side of people. (wish there was more of it) Thanks, Hugh.

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