Knitters kit out Nelson for Cup

01:00, Jun 30 2011
WRAPPED UP: Graffiti knitters from Idea Services decorate the Reef Knot sculpture in Trafalgar St.

A group of Nelson knitters is poised to dress the city in winter woollies for the Rugby World Cup.

The graffiti knitters, a group organised by Idea Services, are the latest addition to the Dress Nelson campaign, organised by urban art promoter George Shaw and artist Anne Rush.

The campaign, which is being backed by the Nelson Mail, was recently awarded funding from the Nelson City Council, and will also feature large format photos of locals' faces placed on blank wall spaces in the central city, along with "cup art" on wire fences.

The group was hard at work yesterday dressing the Reef Knot sculpture next to the Nelson i-Site, using colourful panels which took months to knit.

Idea Services' Nelson day services co-ordinator Gill Starling said it was great the group would have a part to play in the Rugby World Cup celebrations.

"This is a really great way of getting their art into the public arena. It is making the city beautiful."


The knitted panels would keep sculptures and trees "warm for winter", she said.

"The way the trees look, it's like putting a jersey on them. The real idea is to have so much knitting covering everything."

The knitters are trying to get as many people involved as possible, and are calling on the community to supply wool, knitting, or suggestions for locations.

"It's quite special bringing everyone together. It's the sort of graffiti no-one can be offended by."

Graffiti knitter Anne McMahon said she enjoyed everything about the knitting, particularly the finished product.

"I like that it gets out into the city and people can see it. I like that people see it and smile."

Fellow knitter Marion Valentine said knitting was "actually quite fun".

The Nelson Mail