Polish crocheting artist accused of harming underwater environment near Cancun in Mexico
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 7:04 PM -
A Polish artist famed for slipping crocheted covers around unlikely objects has gotten into hot water in Mexico for slipping her brightly colored work around underwater sculptures near Cancun.
Agata Oleksiak, who uses the name Olek, said she intervened at the Cancun Underwater Museum this month to call attention to the dangers facing species such as the whale shark.
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But museum director Jaime Gonzalez said she did so without permission, and may herself have damaged marine life growing on the sculptures in an environmentally protected area.
Gonzalez said prosecutors are preparing to lodge charges against her.
"If they want to sue me, I don't know. I can pay them back with crocheting more underwater sculptures,'' Oleksiak said in an interview with The Associated Press. "I don't know why would they sue me but maybe they're a little bit upset that I did it there."
She says her intentions were to create a positive message.
In the past, she's put crocheted covers around a bus and a Wall Street statue of a bull.
With files from The Associated Press