Olek is one of my favorite crochet artists (and the first one I ever profiled here on the site). There are things she’s said that rubbed me the wrong way before but she makes really great art on a consistent basis. And now I’ve got to give her some kudos for her attitude towards some boys that recently vandalized her art.
One of the main things that Olek is known for is her public art installations. She covers various things, like the Wall Street Bull and the Astor Place Cube, in her signature colorful camo style of crochet. Recently she did an outdoor art installation like this for a festival in Poland (which is where the New York artist is originally from).
Two teenage boys decided to vandalize her crochet art. They tried to rip apart the yarn but Olek must have done a good job of weaving in her ends because they couldn’t finish the job that way. They ended up deciding to burn her work.
The boys were arrested for their vandalism. However Olek took the attitude that she didn’t want them to be in serious trouble for what they’d done. Boys will be boys, after all. She said that the boys are repentant and certainly shouldn’t have to go to prison. She also didn’t want reimbursement for the damage. She did suggest that the boys do community service crocheting scarves for charity, though!
I think Olek’s stance here is a positive one. Of course we shouldn’t be encouraging teenagers to vandalize public art but we also shouldn’t be putting them in prison for doing it. The punishment should fit the crime and I totally think that Olek’s crochet for a cause suggestion is perfect.
What do you think of Olek’s suggestion?