Feb 4 - The amazing Chinese vanishing artist! Can you find him? (w/ photos)

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Feb 4 - The amazing Chinese vanishing artist! Can you find him? (w/ photos)
 

 

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You might say that Liu Bolin likes to blend in.

But the Chinese artist does more than just wear camouflage pants and stand next to a bush. With the help of some a.ssistants, Bolin paints himself, head to toe and unassumingly just stands there--in grocery stores, next to piles of coal, on staircases, you name it. And, unless you look really closely, you'll miss him entirely--which is pretty much the point.

It turns out that the process of making oneself truly invisible is quite painstaking. According to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Bolin spends hours perfecting his poses to ensure that he'll mesh with his background. Bolin then stands "in front of backdrops with a team of two a.ssistants to paint the camouflage on his clothes." The "camouflage" can be anything, so long as Bolin segues seamlessly into the backdrop.

Aside from looking cool, Bolin's work does have a deeper meaning. Again according to the Daily Mail, the living sculptures are "designed to show how we all can just disappear in today's mass production world." And how! The photo of Bolin standing in front of a grocery store shelf full of soda cans and bottles is full of color, shading and shadow.

Bolin, who has been at this for several years, has built up an impressive portfolio. A gallery of his work can been seen at Eli Klein Fine Art.


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37 comments for "Feb 4 - The amazing Chinese vanishing artist! Can you find him? (w/ photos)"

 02-04-2011, 09:14 AM         #2
mixtape mutt 
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that s**t was dumb easy
 7 years ago '04        #3
TBX 31 heat pts31 OP
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Wasn't an actual challenge.
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the tractor one had me searchin lol
 7 years ago '07        #5
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 meepos said:
the tractor one had me searchin lol
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 meepos said:
the tractor one had me searchin lol
me too lol
 7 years ago '09        #7
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 TBX said:
Wasn't an actual challenge.
these dudes came in thinking they were gonna get a gold star for finding him lol...
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lol boxden n*ggas love that s**t. "I FOUND HIM, TOO EASY LOLOLOLOL" Yeah it wasn't a real challenge.

And yeah the tractor one had me lookin for a sec lol
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bqstudios 5 heat pts
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if no photoshop was usesd, then thats impressive.
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 02-04-2011, 11:18 AM         #11
YOUNGZERO 
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The tractor one was on medium hard... haha...

but yea, that shiit is pretty impressive. They painted him, so no photoshop done.
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 meepos said:
the tractor one had me searchin lol
wordddup.
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kinda more impressed with the a.ssistants who painted him than the artist himself, but this is unbelievably good whatever way you slice it
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looks like a ghost! ha
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him in those theater chairs was crazy
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chinese people >>>>>
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If Where's Waldo was this easy, I would've had a pretty easy-going childhood.
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 Verstand said:
wtf is this supposed to be
wow smh
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that s**t is dope.. i seen some s**t like this at the penn state art fair 2 summers ago
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