Friday, May 28, 2010

Knit to a T

Yarn bombing is usually good for producing lighthearted stories about knitted items being attached to poles and such. But is smiling about these crafty installations endorsing vandalism?

One person appears to think so. In Berkeley, California (of all places) those behind yarn bombing a public sculpture are being asked to remove their addition because it is altering or defacing public art. It's important to note that it isn't the police who are pursuing this matter and that it sounds as though the person making the request isn't being unreasonable.

Sure, it may sound a little dramatic to claim this violates federal law, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt and assume this does break the letter of the law. Plus, I can understand the desire to protect the sculpture. Based on the reporting in the article, this situation is being handled in what seems to be the appropriate manner. I certainly don't think anyone needs to be charged with a crime, but it's fair for the owner to ask that the knit be taken off. What do you think?

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