Eclectic, world-renowned crochet artist Olek will bring her unique talents to Covent Garden in a rare opportunity to see her work come to life, live on location. Taking over 17 Floral St in a riot of colourful threads, Olek will transform one of the Elephant Family’s mother and baby elephant statues into a crochet masterpiece to be auctioned at the charity’s inaugural fundraising event The Animal Ball.
Olek’s bespoke installation will be auctioned by the Elephant Family at The Animal Ball on 9 July 2013 as part of The Lancaster Collection – a collection of 20 animal sculptures and one-off creations by leading artists to be sold on the night from the likes of Jack Vettriano, Richie Culver, Marc Quinn and The Chapman Brothers.
Polish born, NYC based guerrilla street artist Olek is renowned for her quirky and unexpected projects, including a once legendary take-over of Wall Street’s Raging Bull, as well as installation projects on the New York subway and on the streets of downtown Manhattan
Olek’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and public spaces worldwide. Residencies have included Sculpture Space in 2005, Instituto Sacatar (Brazil) in 2009 and AAI-LES in 2010. In 2010, Olek was also commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art for a one-day interactive performance installation. In 2012, the artist was part of the 40 Under 40 exhibition at the Smithsonian, for which her entire crocheted studio apartment (measuring 16 x 14 x 8.5 feet) was exhibited
Tuesday 9th July 2013 will see, Elephant Family, the only charity solely dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Asian elephant, once again team up with leading fashion, art and design luminaries to launch London’s most magnificent event, The Animal Ball. The Animal Ball committee includes a who’s who of London luminaries including Joanna Lumley, Ben Elliot, Cara and Poppy Delevingne, Henry Wyndham and Christian Louboutin.
The funds raised on the night will power a pioneering partnership between Elephant Family and Habitat for Humanity, created by leading philanthropist Priya Vandrevala. Over the course of 2013 – 2014, Elephant Family and Habitat for Humanity are uniting to resettle communities out of danger zones whilst also restoring the migratory routes used for millions of years, by the Asian Elephant.