PORTLAND -- Someone's stealing holiday cheer downtown.
Several of the city's iconic statues got ‘yarn-bombed’ with holiday sweaters last week to help kick off the shopping season.
The statue of a man holding a sweater, called ‘Allow Me,’ and the otters and deer on Southwest Yamhill Street were sporting cozy comfort courtesy of the #UglySweaterPDX project, sponsored by the city and local businesses.
Over the weekend, however, some hooligan, malcontent or wanton Grinch tore all but one sleeve off the umbrella man in Pioneer Square. The otters also had their warm sweaters stolen, along with the fawn.
Jess Devries put the custom-made sweater on the umbrella man last Thursday. She's part of a group called the "Wooly Bombadiers" that spreads holiday cheer one sweater at a time.
"It was kinda shocking to see them gone. It felt a little overwhelming to be like, 'We just spent a long time working on this and now its gone.' But that was all part of the plan. It's a temporary installation."
While disheartening, the organizers are soldiering on and plan to unveil more statue sweaters throughout the month. The ducks, beaver and naked woman in front of Macy's will get the next batch. DeVries said the umbrella man will get a replacement sweater in about two weeks.