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Sunday 24 September 2017

Trunk and disorderly Picnic-goer nicks nun's tree art

Robyn Collins from Castleknock at the Yarn Bombers area at Electric Picnic
Robyn Collins from Castleknock at the Yarn Bombers area at Electric Picnic

The work of Electric Picnic's oldest artist, Sister Columba (90), has been stolen from Stradbally by a group of woolly-minded art thieves.

The nun, who is part of the Sisters of Holy Family Of Bordeaux and lives in Newbridge, Co Kildare, helped to crochet a number of jumpers to decorate the trees in the Hazel Wood.

One of the jumpers she worked on, named Tilly, was ripped off a tree by festival- goers late on Sunday night.

The organiser of the Kildare Yarn Bombers, Annie Morris, who installed the Electric Picnic exhibition, said it was "very sad" that someone had taken the piece.

"Sister Columba will be very stoic about it but it is very sad," she said.

"A lot of work went into the pieces and it's so unfair that someone could tear it down.

The piece was due to be part of an upcoming exhibition titled Life is Short Smile While You Have Teeth, in Newbridge as part of the 2018 JuneFest.

Now the Yarn Bombers and Sister Columba will have to crochet and knit another exhibit for the festival.

Pliers

Ms Morris said that whoever targeted the tree must have put a great deal of effort into the crime.

"It was attached with cable ties, so I have no idea how they removed it," she said, "unless they had pliers with them.

"It was very disappointing to arrive at the site and see one of the pieces missing.

"I understand that maybe someone liked it so much they felt compelled to steal it, but they could have just taken a photograph of it instead."

Ms Morris said she founded the Kildare Yarn Bombers to help promote community spirit.

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