Yarn bombers strike in name of oceans

Woolly Riot claims responsibility

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 12:53 26/01/2013
Woolly Riot
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BOMBED: The Paul Dibble Sculpture called 'Pacific Monarch' was the target of a yarn bombing.

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Yarn bombers have struck Palmerston North once again - and this time, there's a message.

Visitors to the central city today are in for a woolly surprise. Woolly Riot has claimed responsibility for the makeover of a sculpture outside Te Manawa art gallery - their third anonymous yarn bombing in the city, this time with a clean green, message.

In a statement released by the as yet unidentified yarn bombers, they say the sculpture’s new costume is intended to draw attention to ocean environment issues.

The yarn bombers once again chose a Paul Dibble sculpture for their woolly creations, adding oceam-inspired adornments to the Pacific Monarch situated outside Te Manawa art gallery overnight.

Pacific Monarch's new costume, complete with a fish net necklace and woolly fish and jellyfish attachments, were captured by a Manawatu Standard photographer just after midnight when the yarn bombing was thought to have taken place.

Woolly Riot first drew attention in Palmerston North after decorating the Paul Dibble Who's Afraid sculpture in a ballet costume outside the Regent on Broadway last year.

They later struck a statue outside the Rugby Museum, with the yarn work gradually disappearing over the following weeks.

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