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A locomotive plays dress up

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  August 5, 2013 07:54 PM

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Crocheting is a sleepy, dainty craft, which is why the installation artist Olek's creations are so eye-popping. Olek, who was born in Poland but lives in the United States, turns crocheting into a vibrant, public spectacle, using countless loops of colorful yarn to recast objects. Her current work, on display in Lodz, Poland, through August 19, is an entire steam locomotive, plus two freight cars, which have been covered (down to the axles) in a skin of brightly colored crochet. Olek, who has previously given the same treatment to the Charging Bull sculpture on Wall Street, completed the piece in two marathon days of work with the help of four assistants. The guerilla-pacing adds to the charm of Olek's (authorized) work, which she calls, "Deadly Romance." Rather than linger on the painstaking effort behind each individual stitch, it's fun to think of a decadent bacterial strain (or maybe the touch of a magic wand), which swarmed over the train at night and left it radiant in the morning.

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Images courtesy of Olek.

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