Artist accused of damaging environment in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Polish artist famed for slipping crocheted covers around unlikely objects has run afoul of environmental authorities in Mexico for slipping her brightly colored work around underwater sculptures near Cancun.

Agata Oleksiak says she intervened at the Cancun Underwater Museum this month to call attention to the dangers facing species such as the whale shark.

But museum director Jaime Gonzalez says she herself actually may have damaged marine life growing on the sculptures in the environmentally protected area. Gonzalez says prosecutors are preparing to lodge charges against her.

The New York-based artist known as Olek says she was simply trying to “send positive messages.”

In the past, she’s put crocheted covers around a bus and a Wall Street statue of a bull.


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