Cardrona Bra Fence
The Cardrona Bra Fence was a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, in New Zealand. At some point between 1998 and 1999, passers-by began to attach bras to a rural fence. The fence gradually became a well known site as the number of bras grew to hundreds. The fence is located on a public road reserve, adjacent to farm property in the Cardrona Valley area southwest of Wanaka, near to Cardrona.
The Bra Fence began at some point between Christmas 1998 and New Year 1999, when four bras were attached to the wire fence alongside the road. The original reason for the bras being attached to the fence is unknown. News spread of the addition, which was left on the fence by the local landowners, and more bras began to appear.
By the end of February there were some 60 bras, but at about this time they were all removed anonymously. This was reported in the local press, and the story gained widespread dissemination through the New Zealand media, leading to more bras appearing.
Although some locals welcomed the fence and regarded it as a tourist attraction, others viewed it as an eyesore and embarrassment, and as a potential hazard to drivers using the road. Frequent legal attempts were consequently made to see it removed.
These attempts were increased in early 2006, accompanied by a further removal of some 200 of the bras. Some locals claimed that a number of Japanese students who are being educated in nearby Wanaka could get offended by the fence, as well as many other Asians or South Africans.
Immediately catching the eye of everyone in town, this inspired a few copycats to follow suit and within a few months there were 60 bras flapping in the wind. That number has now grown to thousands, and despite the occasional bra theft, including a loss of more than 1500 in 2006, the fence is continuing to grow with its unique adornment.