Guerilla crochet artist Olek has been enlivening New York City streets with her fresh yarn creations for the past few years. Now her most recent Manhattan installations pay tribute to the freezing temperatures we experienced recently (before this freaky new warm spell.) Bowery Boogie reports that two rainbow-colored hand knit sleds have appeared for the delight of passersby in the East Village.
The first Flexible Flyer was given the Olek touch – her signature pink and camouflage patterned yarn bombing. The artist emblazoned the phrase on all of our minds- “CHILLED TO THE BONE” across the sled seat. Locked up on Houston Street just yards away from the ever-changing street art mural, the sled will remain until vandals, fans or thieves pry it from its locks.
Another crocheted glider is a bit more out of reach of grabby hands. Chained high above Yem Yem Falafel at 53 Second Avenue, the piece adorns a fire escape on the second floor. The yarn bomber has covered everything from an entire apartment to the infamous Charging Bull near Wall Street with her multi-colored crocheted art. Her most recent endeavor took her to London, where she crocheted a giant version of Martin Luther King’s “Injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere.” The project came at an ironic time, as the artist awaited sentencing in London for an incident between her and the unwelcomed advances of a Russian man.
Olek’s handiwork can often be seen around town, in form of crocheted bicycles, shopping carts, cars and now, sleds.
Via Bowery Boogie