Sunday, March 10, 2013

#859 Cardrona Bra Fence, New Zealand

Today's post is tongue-in-cheek and also a bit of a memorial. Apparently, Cardrona Valley's infamous bra fence is no more (this happened a while ago, but I only just heard about it) -- someone got up in the middle of the night and stole all the bras!
From the Fence's own Facebook page:
It's not an uncommon thing in New Zealand for strange objects to be on the side of the road, hung on fences.  A few years ago, the Shoe Fence near Fairlie (see copyrighted photos linked below) caused a bit of a protest as some people complained that it was a driving hazard to have something interesting to look at on the side of the road, and the same thing has been brought up by the local Queenstown council regarding Cardrona. I think this fence deserves a record on the 1000 Amazing Places list simply because it is a symbol of human ingenuity and creativity, and it was started with an even more noble thought in mind -- it was a memorial to a dear friend that died, sharing her clothes on the fence in a ritual of mourning. What is otherwise an uneventful drive, now brings a smile to all who pass, and many stop to take photos and send letters to the farm owners. I have no doubt that there will be more bras that emerge soon!

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