In Finland, the crochet artist, OLEK, created an impressive statement. She covered an entire old house with pink, patterned fabric.

Olek was born Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland. She relocated to New York City, where she is currently based. She has covered buildings, sculptures, people, and an apartment with crochet and has exhibited in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Turkey, France, Italy, Poland, and Costa Rica.

Olek and her volunteers

Olek and her volunteers

Over the course of three weeks, volunteers, including immigrants and women from a reception center for asylum seekers, helped OLEK and her team make enough pink, crocheted fabric to cover the entire building. In total, they crafted more than 3200 square feet of crocheted pattern.

Olek said: “Our pink house is about the journey, not just about the artwork itself. It’s about us coming together as a community. It’s about helping each other. In the small Swedish community of Avesta we proved that we are stronger together, that we can make anything happen together.

We can show everybody that women can build houses, women can make homes.

In 2015 over 21 million people lost their homes due to war and conflicts in their native countries.

The pink house, our pink house is a symbol of a bright future filled with hope.”

You can watch the process in the video:

Kerava Art Museum: Our Pink House by Olek from Sinkka on Vimeo.