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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