“Believe it or not, there is a lot of marine life growing, incrusted in the sculpture, and we gather that this has killed it,” he told the Associated Press.
Oleksiak, who says she used safe, biodegradable yarn, is circumspect about the looming lawsuit. “If they want to sue me, I don’t know. I can pay them back with crocheting more underwater sculptures,” she said. “I don’t know why would they sue me but maybe they’re a little bit upset that I did it there. But my intentions were positive and that’s the most important thing about my work.”
“Because of the nature of my work, there is often a divided reaction to it,” she added on her website. “Some people love it and understand, and others, not so much. The goal however, regardless of whether people appreciate it or not, is to ignite thought in those who engage with it. And with that, to encourage people to act on their own and make a difference toward a more sustainable future.”
The installation, a collaboration with Pangeaseed’s Tre Packard, also featured people dressed as mermaids, butterflies, and deep-sea divers in head-to-toe crochet.