Guerrilla knitter Knitty Graffity has pulled off a spectacular project on Devonport Wharf in Auckland. Covering 75 metres, the Woolly Walk Along is a glorious global collaboration with more than 90 knitters contributing from around the world. As well as a large New Zealand contingent (including Zippitydoodah, Happy Go Knitty and Cotton Kiwi), sections of this extensive urban embellishment have been sent in from Australia, Sweden, England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada.
The project hasn’t been without its dramas. Shortly after installation, Dan the Man went walk about – but thanks to some quick knitting by Sarah of Cotton Kiwi, Dan Mark II was showing off his six pack again in no time. And he’s in good company, sharing the railing with a fluffy red Elmo with long arms for cuddling, a giant squid, super cute sheep and all manner of colours, creatures, textures and techniques, captured by photographers Dag Young (above), Michael Miller (below), and Available Light.
The plan is for the Woolly Walk Along to last the duration of the World Cup, after which the pieces will be auctioned on Trade Me to raise funds for Christchurch. If you’re in Auckland, make sure you head along and check it out!