Knitted kudzu vines briefly decorated Confederate statue

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) — A statue in Charlottesville was covered with knitted kudzu on Thursday morning, thanks to a group of area knitters.

Courtesy: Tom Cogill

The Kudzu Project, which is described as a "guerrilla art installation," was installed on the Confederate soldier statue outside the courthouse just before dawn.

Someone then removed the display, leaving one strand of the kudzu leaves on the statue's rifle.

According to a release, a sign placed on the base of the statue explaining the project said kudzu is linked to romantic notions about the past and revisionist Civil War history.

It also says kudzu tends to grow on things that are abandoned or no longer relevant, and the sign asked if the statues serve a purpose now.

More than 30 knitters in the mid-Atlantic region contributed to this project by distributing the idea and instructions through their knitting networks.

A website for the group also offers a suggestion on what to do with Confederate statues if a lawsuit preventing their removal, which is currently working its way through the local court system, is successful.

"Plant kudzu around them and allow it to grow over and eventually obscure them," it stated.

According to the sign placed at the foot of the statue, virtually anything that is not constantly tended will be engulfed by the fast-growing, invasive vine, which makes people consider the purpose of Confederate statues or if they are relics of a bygone era.

For more information on the Kudzu Project, click on the link in the Related Links box.