'Yarn bombers' hit Courtenay Place tripod

Graffiti taggers now widespread in capital

Last updated 10:46 13/06/2011
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NICE AND COSY: A detail shot of one of the leg warmers attached to the Courtenay Place tripod statue.

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SPLASH OF COLOUR: Pedestrians walk under the legs of the famous tripod statue, which has been given leg warmers.

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As winter's chill descends on the capital, Wellingtonians are bundling up to keep warm - and one famous Wellington icon has joined the movement involuntarily.

The tripod statue at the corner of Courtenay Place and Cambridge Terrace has been given colourful woollen leg warmers by an unknown knitter.


What do you think of the leg warmers? Tacky or fun?

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The practice is informally known as "graffiti knitting" or "yarn bombing" and is relatively widespread in Wellington, with at least one website set up to co-ordinate the woolly capers.

The OutdoorKnit blog has planned an expedition for this Saturday in Petone, where they plan to give the lamp posts "a bit of a woolly cuddle".

The group has also recently been responsible for a "warm fuzzies" jumper on a seat at Civic Square, and a woollen hand rail cover outside the Hutt City Library.

Another well-known landmark is the "You are doing OK" tag on the fence of an empty lot on Buckle Street.

The tripod sculpture was officially opened by Mayor Kerry Prendergast on November 17, 2005. It was created by Weta Workshop using wood, bronze and other materials as a tribute to the film industry in Wellington.

Do you know of any cool pieces of graffiti knitting around Wellington. Send your photos to web@dompost.co.nz

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