Typically, the famous yarn-bomber Olek takes to the streets to cover unexpected objects with her hard-to-miss crochet designs. In this case, however, the Polish artist has ventured to an unexpected location to create an elaborate, site-specific project.
For her most recent installation, Olek traveled to Isla Mujeres, Mexico, a tiny island off the coast of Cancun and home to a large population of whale sharks. In the unique project, she dove deep below the surface of the water to cover two sculptures from the Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA) underwater museum with her colorful crochet.
She used biodegradable materials to wrap sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor’s time bombs with the vibrant yarn, with the intention of raising awareness about the declining shark population in the area and to promote the preservation of marine life. In addition to covering the static sculptures, Olek also worked with non-profit Pangeaseed to produce a photo series of divers covered in her detailed, intricate works.