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NYC Street Artist Gives the Wall Street Bull a Sweater (VIDEO)

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  • January 5, 2011
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NYC Street Artist Gives the Wall Street Bull a Sweater (VIDEO)

Even bulls need fashionable protection from the storm.  Last week, right before the blizzard hit New York, Wall Street’s very own Charging Bull got to strut a little flair on downtown Broadway.

His runway item?  A crocheted sweater handmade by Polish-born Lower East Side street artist Olek, who also has an impressive record of crocheting other inanimate objects such as cars, bikes, baby bikes, even people, that led her straight to the daunting task of covering a 7,100 pound bull.

Curious how she did it?  Watch it right here:

“I started it with a bike and ended up with the Charging Bull as a Christmas gift to NYC and a tribute to the sculptor of the bull, Arturo di Modica,” Olek wrote in an online blast to her fans, “who in another guerrilla act, placed the bull on Wall Street in Christmas of 1987 as a symbol of the ‘strength and power of the American people’ following the 1987 Stock Market crash.”

And the bull stayed.  Unfortunately, his sweater did not.  Technically, Olek’s art, like most street art and others like it, such as knit- and yarn-bombing, are illegal.  City officials ripped it off less than two hours later.  “It was there,” Olek said.

But that’s all New York and the rest of us will see of Olek.  “This crocheted cover represents my best wishes to all of us,” she wrote.  “It will be a great, prosperous year with many wonderful surprises!!!”

Makes me want to pick up my knitting needles and warm up a lamppost.  Or maybe deck out my trees with homemade ties.

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3:59AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Love it...hope it's still on the bull

11:21AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

This is artistic expression. I do hope that we all have signed petitions against setting bulls on fire, tearing bulls apart with bare hands, bullfights, cruelty in dairy farms and megafarms, bison hazings in Yellowstone,, cattle ranchers, as well as against the greedy abuse on Wall Street....This is what the sweater reminds me of...

7:38AM PST on Jan 7, 2011

While never unappreciative of the gifts of any passionate artist who contributes positive to the world, I would agree that blankets provided to shelters would have been far better use of the materials and time invested.

6:46PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Knitting for shelters would be better. This is alot of bull!

6:08PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

OMG I love her!!!!

5:04PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Art is life and life is art. Thanks.

4:32PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Having ripped the sweater off the bull, the City officials could donate it to a needy cause...?

As art, the sweater conveyed a message about the day's economic chills, which oughtta match a January in New York; and as a frivolity, it's still more appropriate than Lady Gaga's meat dress.

2:44PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

This story made me smile but I must admit that I would have preferred to have read that she had made blankets for animal shelters etc.

1:56PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Sorry just stupid.

1:53PM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Very cool. Artistic people are the best!

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