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Renowned artist Olek yarn bombs underwater museum sculptures

Renowned artist Olek yarn bombs underwater museum sculptures
Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

There was a time when the art of crochet was thought to be an “old lady” hobby, however, that has certainly changed now. Men and women of all ages are now taking part in this timeless art, and some have taken it to level far beyond what most would dream of. On Sunday Komo News reported that one yarn artist has even deployed her crochet skills under water all in the name of bringing awareness to the global decline of the shark population.

Komo News reports that renowned artist Olek traveled to Isla Mujeres, Mexico to cover two sculptures in the underwater museum, Museo Subacuatico de Arte (MUSA). The sculptures she chose were two large bombs originally created by Jason DeCaires Taylor, who is quoted with saying the global oceans' health are like “ticking time bombs.”

Olek reportedly used brightly colored biodegradable yarns to wrap each of the sculptures in a camouflage crochet. She says her work is a “symbol of solidarity and a call for environmental protection.”

After covering the sculptures, Olek also partnered with Tre Packard of the marine life-focused non-profit Pangeaseed to do a seriess of photos of divers in crocheted dive suits. In one photograph from the series, a diver is shown covered from head to toe in a white doily pattern, swimming next to a large whale shark. It's a truly magnificent photo. Simply breathtaking.

To better understand how bad the decline of the shark population really is, one simply needs to look at the shocking number of shark deaths each year. In March the Huffington Post reported that roughly 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year. That's around 11,400 sharks per hour.