The Cardrona Bra Fence of New Zealand

Jul 26, 2008 11 comments

The Cardrona Bra Fence of Central Otago, New Zealand, began in 1999 some time between Christmas and New Year 1999, when four women's bras were found attached to the wire fence alongside the road. It's unknown who did it and why. The news spread and soon more bras began to appear. By the end of February 2000 there were some 60 bras on the fence. At this time somebody took offence to it and removed them. The local press reported this and soon more bras began to come in.



By October 2000, the number of bras had reached around 200, and again some unknown persons cleared the fence of bras. By this time, the fence had become a tourist attraction and the media gave the story of the second attack a wider coverage. This resulted in even more inflow of garments. By early 2006, the number of bras attached to the fence stood at close to 800.


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Although some locals welcomed the fence, others viewed it as an eyesore and embarrassment and also as a potential hazard to drivers using the road. Frequent attempts were made to remove the bras and some 200 bras were removed in early 2006 and another 1500 in September the same year. But that didn't stop people from adding bras. Later that year, an attempt to make the world's longest bra chain was made. The world record fell woefully short by more than 100,000 bras but managed to raised over $10,000 for charity.


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Image courtesy:
Wikipedia, Webshots, Flickr1, 2


  1. Does the terrific bra fence still exist? I thought it was identified by the local council as "traffic hazard" and removed in 2006..


  2. It's very obvious the entire thing is photoshopped and fake. Look at the pixels - there are too many of them!

  3. How is that an eyesore, the only way it could be better is if they added some women to put in those bras

  4. Why does someone always have to shout "photoshopped!" at every single picture on the net? It isn't photoshopped, it is real.

  5. keios, I believe frodo's comment was tongue-in-cheek :)

  6. sadly the bra fence has been removed, land owner and council got involved and it ended up been removed. yes it is real, i did add to the collection, why not, the kiwis seem to have a great sense of houmor, you should have seen the shoe fence out near ranfurly/wedderburn!!! that to was a beauty!!!

  7. definatly "traffic hazard" for a minor..haha funny kiwi guys

  8. JAFA No. 798684 (xD)May 29, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    it needs to come back! or i could just start one along great north road aye..

  9. I love people who do this type of wrackiness (sic). My favorite type of funky arts are bottle houses at the Calico theme park near Barstow, and bottle trees. A southern style of bottle trees is shown in the movie called "Winn Dixie." Bravo to the brave artists who flaunt their work to the conservatives.

  10. Check it out team, bra fence is back and now has support to become a permanent icon, once we find the pesky local who keeps removing them!


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