I’ve always been a little bit ambivalent about yarn bombing. One type I like–the one where people run out at night; leave gloves, scarves and hats; and the items are taken by people who need them–usually within hours. The yarn bombing where people go out and cover things with yarn looks kind of cool. But a year later when it’s still hanging there looking bedraggled it’s a bit of an eyesore really. At that point it becomes more vandalism, or littering, than art.
Agata Oleksiak is a Polish yarn artist who is known for covering things with crochet. Most notably she’s covered a bus and a bull statue on Wall street.
Now she’s in trouble with the Mexican government for covering some underwater sculptures with crochet in order to call attention to the plight of underwater species. The thing is, the sculptures she covered were homes for underwater animals and by covering the sculptures she’s managed to kill the wildlife.
The Mexican government is preparing to bring charges against her. If that weren’t bad enough, her attitude in the article comes across as clueless about the issue she’s trying to bring attention to! She states that her intentions were positive and that’s all that really mattered. And wants to pay them back by covering even MORE underwater sculptures. :o
It really does pay to have a clue about your issues before you mount a protest.