Fiber artist Olek has created a larger-than-life tribute to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in New York City. The piece is an unbelievable 16-by-46-foot crochet blanket, nailed to a billboard overlooking New Jersey’s Route 139 highway. Featuring the hashtag #ImWithHer, an image of Hillary’s face, and a shocking pink background, the blanket reportedly took a team of 38 helpers over four weeks to create. The entire piece consists of 794,880 individual stitches.
The New York based artist, whose real name is Agata Oleksiak, originally hails from Poland but is a naturalized US citizen. Olek calls the piece an unsolicited “gift to Hillary,” explaining in an interview with the New Yorker that she’d been mulling over the possibility of a pro-Hillary art piece since January. At that time, she saw other artists creating art promoting Bernie Sanders or slamming Donald Trump, but not many taking the time to celebrate Hillary’s historic race.
This isn’t the first time Olek’s work has taken a decidedly political turn. In September, she dressed the facades of two houses – one in Sweden and one in Finland – entirely in pink crochet as a symbol of a “bright future filled with hope” for Syrian and Ukranian refugees. Aided by a team of women from both countries, she covered the houses from roof to foundation in yarn.