Olek’s Yarn Bomb Bike

Remember when I spied a little yarn bombed bike in front of the Renwick Gallery a couple of weeks ago? Curiosity piqued, I returned to the gallery to find out if the staff there knew anything about it.

I discovered that the bike was a gift to the Renwick from Olek, a noted New York City-based yarn bomb artist. She is amazing! Bicycles, statues, apartments… she yarn bombs it all. Check out more of her work here. I mistakenly thought she knitted her projects, but Olek’s site clarifies that she, in fact, crochets. Perhaps there is hope for me in this arena yet.

Below is a photo of a photo of a photo of Olek with her bicycle in front of the Renwick.

Olek and her Bicycle

According to the Renwick site, Olek (born in 1978) will be part of the 40 under 40: Craft Futures exhibition that will kick off in mid-2012. I can’t wait to see more of her work in person!

While Olek gifted the bike to the gallery, it is not part of the Renwick’s collection. Someone there takes care of it, though, locking it outside for all to enjoy during business hours, weather permitting. People are free to photograph and touch the bike. Good thing, because I am developing quite a collection of pictures of this little bicycle.

I heart Olek’s yarn bomb bike

The sweet image of this little bicycle with training wheels, the bright colors, and the soft yarn texture make it one of my favorite things to see on my commute. It is a sharp contrast to the concrete, brick, and many hues of gray that abound in the city. Thanks, Olek, for giving this bike to the Renwick so that all of us can enjoy it.


  1. Thank you for writing about the bike. Although this post was up many months earlier, it was just brought to our attention today by Olek herself. In honor of the discovery of your post, we have put the bike out this afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to write about us, and we hope you will post more about Olek and the Renwick Gallery the closer we get to the opening of 40 Under 40: Craft Futures on July 20, 2012


    -Debrah Dunner (the “Someone there who takes care of it”)
    Curatorial Assistant
    Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery


    1. This bike makes me smile whenever I see it. When I saw your message, I took a little walk to see it again. Olek is so talented, and I can’t wait for the exhibit! Thank you for taking care of the bike, too!


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