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I spotted this mural with the pretty flowered bicycle propped against it on Boulevard René-Lévesque in Quebec City last weekend. I wonder if the bicycle is an intentional part of the artwork or whether it is perfect happenstance? I thought the colors were great, and the nestled birdhouses and wrapping paper patterns made the mural approachable and friendly. It’s truly amazing what some people can do with spray paint!



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2010_12_bull by OlekNew York City based artist Agata Olek spent Christmas day putting the finishing touches on a custom purple and pink crocheted sweater for Wall Street’s famous 7,100 pound bronze “Charging Bull” statue. She then spent hours stitching the sweater, with freezing fingers, to the 11 foot tall beast.

A peak at Olek’s website reveals that she is a talented and adventurous knitter, influenced by the recent craze among knitters worldwide to “yarn bomb” or “yarn storm” public places with colorful, humorous and unexpected knit art.

Olek, sends her warmest wishes. “This crocheted cover represents my best wishes to all of us. It will be a great, prosperous year with many wonderful surprises!”

The crochet covered Charging Bull is her Christmas gift to NYC, she says, and a tribute to the sculptor of the bull, Arturo Di Modica, who placed the bull on Wall Street just before Christmas of 1989.

Says Olek who couldn’t make it home to Poland for the holidays, “I wanted to make it for all those people who couldn’t make it to their families and for those people who don’t have coats and don’t have any money.”

But like much “guerrilla art,” Olek’s work was not on display for long. She says the kill-joy caretaker of the park tore it apart early in the morning. With all the snow that has fallen in New York since Christmas, I bet the bull wishes he’d been allowed to keep his sweater!

More Yarn Bombing here.

Via: CNN Money

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The life-size painted cows that spruced up Burlington, Vermont’s Church Street this summer are now on the auction block. The exhibit, The Cows Come Home to Burlington, ran from May to October and now the art cows are being auctioned on-line to help raise money for The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger.

I was alarmed this morning when I checked the auction website to see so few bids on these whimsical and kitschy bovines. Some have not been bid on at all! The bids seem very low compared to the love and effort the artists put into them. Speaking from experience, my cow Lacey, took a couple of weeks to complete and I’m sure that I am not alone in the number of hours I spent working on her.

This is a last ditch effort to drum up some bids for the herd as the auction closes November 11, 2010. Click here to start bidding.

Here are some of my favorites.

Monstream cow

Katherine Monstream’s cow painted with a Burlington cityscape

McDonald cow

Carol McDonald’s cow depicts a lively Burlington arts scene

McCarthy's cow

Cathy McCarthy’s glass and mirrored mosaic cow would be nice in a garden

Welna Cow

Judy Welna’s cow would be sweet in front of a creemee stand

Boyce's cow

Shaun Boyce’s super graphic cow – in your living room?

Myer's cow

Vika Myers’ cow could grace a farmer’s market

keeplocalfarms copy

Amy Huntington’s cow would be nice next to the dairy barnGodenschwager

Phil Godenschwager’s cow has a Camel’s Hump

Jackson cow

Woody Jackson’s cows on cow

Poppy's cow

My cow Lacey would look nice in front of a lingerie shop

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