Wild Artist Olek crochets steam locomotive

The train arriving in Lodz is called Deadly Romance "because it almost killed me!" says the artist
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Olek - Deadly Romance (2013)
Olek - Deadly Romance (2013)

Olek is an artist we've featured a number of times on phaidon.com She's also one of the Wild artists in our soon to be released book Wild Art. The Polish born, New York-based artist's works include sculptures and installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, and fibre art. It's a time consuming process: "The preparation takes forever," she says in our video below. "I have to sit in my studio and crochet all those pieces." 

Olek, whose previous projects include full body 'wearable sculptures' and a crocheted grapefruit, has just completed her biggest piece to date. It's in her home town of Lodz, where she worked around the clock for two days with four assistants to cover an old Px48 steam locomotive, plus carriages in yarn. 

 

The work, called Deadly Romance, because, as she says "I love it but it but it almost killed me!" is on display until August 19 and pays tribute to Polish poet Julian Tuwim, whose poem The Locomotive is much cherished in Poland. 

"We all know this particular poem about the Locomotive by Tuwim. It is probably one of the first things I had to memorise so it's nice to come back to Poland to be able to create such a powerful piece." 

 

Olek with Deadly Romance (2013)
Olek with Deadly Romance (2013)

You can read more about Olek and other Wild Artists in our book Wild Art by David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro. Phaidon editor Jennifer Lawson tells you more about it here and you can also check out some of the amazing images from it below. 

 

The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio, is the office	16,723 m2 (180,000 sq ft) building presents itself as the company’s own complex for a basket-making enterprise. Designed by the company, this 16,723 m2 (180,000 sq ft) building presents itself as the company’s own signature: a gigantic basket.
The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio, is the office 16,723 m2 (180,000 sq ft) building presents itself as the company’s own complex for a basket-making enterprise. Designed by the company, this 16,723 m2 (180,000 sq ft) building presents itself as the company’s own signature: a gigantic basket.
 

 

This stunning car phone (pardon the pun) belongs to Howard Davis, who is the owner of phone company Datel Communications. He built the car as a marketing tool, to transport his company's superhero-inspired character Teleman, who works tirelessly to ensure that phone bills are kept to a minimum. The original car was a blue 1975 Volkswagen Beetle and this version is, unbelievably, fit for the road.
This stunning car phone (pardon the pun) belongs to Howard Davis, who is the owner of phone company Datel Communications. He built the car as a marketing tool, to transport his company's superhero-inspired character Teleman, who works tirelessly to ensure that phone bills are kept to a minimum. The original car was a blue 1975 Volkswagen Beetle and this version is, unbelievably, fit for the road.

 

The Japanese artist Haroshi is a passionate skater and, hesitant to throw away cracked skateboard decks, he began to make wooden mosaics from the compressed boards. His art practice has expanded to large-scale sculptures, such as this 2011 hammerhead shark.
The Japanese artist Haroshi is a passionate skater and, hesitant to throw away cracked skateboard decks, he began to make wooden mosaics from the compressed boards. His art practice has expanded to large-scale sculptures, such as this 2011 hammerhead shark.

 

Some pavement art depicts scenes inspired by Classical painting styles while some, such as this three-dimensional image from the street festival of Chiangmai, Thailand, presents images that are more reminiscent of the work of pop artists. Here, the green and white pill, seemingly floating above the lips, appears ready to be swallowed!
Some pavement art depicts scenes inspired by Classical painting styles while some, such as this three-dimensional image from the street festival of Chiangmai, Thailand, presents images that are more reminiscent of the work of pop artists. Here, the green and white pill, seemingly floating above the lips, appears ready to be swallowed!

 

The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille features five rooms which wild artists are asked to adorn yearly. Panic Room was created by the graffiti artist Tilt (see also pages 32–3 and 437) and is half decorated with graffiti while the other half has been left plain white.
The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille features five rooms which wild artists are asked to adorn yearly. Panic Room was created by the graffiti artist Tilt (see also pages 32–3 and 437) and is half decorated with graffiti while the other half has been left plain white.


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