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Palma under Attack from Urban Knitting

Tourists and locals alike were shocked to see that one of the city's most enduring emblems

Tourists and locals alike were shocked to see that one of the city's most enduring emblems – the centuries old olive tree by the Cort – had been the subject of an attack by urban knitters.

It's been revealed that around a dozen women, so called 'crochet guerrillas' had decorated the tree with around 200 brightly coloured knitted flowers in a street art style protest.

Calling themselves 'Primavera Ganchillera' (Crochet Spring) their aim is to open up more public spaces in Palma and create places for flowery creativity and interaction between people. They also
like wool and knitting.

Obviously a popular protest, the women's flowers had been carried off within hours by delighted tourists and Palmesanos alike.

Our local paper, the "_blank">Diario de Mallorca, has started a gallery of photos of the knitted flowers – click the link to see them.

The Urban Knitting movement was started in the USA (where else?) by artist Magda Sayeg to brighten up grey urban landscapes
using only wool, and as you can see from the photo from her Facebook page, it works!

So, what do you think of urban knitting, art or vandalism?