While on a visit to Alice Springs in 2009, I was surprised to see a tree wearing clothes.
For the 2009 Alice Springs Desert Festival, Nicky Shonkala knitted a woolly jumper for the jacaranda tree just outside Adelaide House in the middle of the Todd Mall.
Knit graffiti is probably the most inoffensive type of graffiti around and it’s growing in popularity, but the best thing about this type of art is that it can be done to anything.
“I sort of got inspired to do it last year in Alice Springs, cycling around and seeing a lot of grotty stuff I just wanted to cheer up the space and add a bit of colour,” Nicky said
But this isn’t the first time that Nicky has knitted fashion for inanimate objects around Alice Springs. She has knitted poles, letterboxes, car bumpers and one of her friend’s roof pipes.
Nicky received a lot of positive feedback from the community, with one little girl saying that it looked like a ‘tree cosy’.
(Quotes from ABC Alice Springs web-site story “Tree Fashion” 16 September 2009)
(Taken with Sony Handycam – sorry that’s why the image is so small when resized to 200dpi for printing)
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