Monro's woollies unpicked

JANINE RANKIN
Last updated 12:00 05/12/2012

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Six weeks after yarn bombers dressed the statue of the founder of New Zealand rugby outside Te Manawa, Rugby Museum director Stephen Berg has decided it's time to arrest the fading garments.

The mystery knitters "Woolly Riot" claimed responsibility for stitching the Charles Monro outfit in place at Labour Weekend.

It outlasted the dressing of the dancer in the Who's Afraid statue outside the Regent on Broadway in August, which was unravelled within days.

Delighted at the attention the treatment of Charles Monro attracted, Mr Berg said nonetheless the time had come to remove the shorts, socks, headgear and pink rugby ball cover before they got "too manky".

After weeks in all weathers, some of the colours were fading fast.

The statue is back to the condition its maker, Ngati Porou artist Sonny Hawkins, envisaged, but that is not the end of the story.

Mr Berg was taking care to unpick the seams so the garments can be preserved in the museum as part of the tapestry of rugby history.

The yarn bombers recently asked for help making peggy-squares for their next effort, "to make Palmerston North a more colourful place by stealth".

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- The Manawatu Standard

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