Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tiger Rug Made of 500,000 Cigarettes
We're all aware of the lavish furnishing of a bearskin rug, but have you ever seen a tiger-print rug made out of 500,000 cigarettes?
China 's renowned contemporary artist Xu Bing has worked on tobacco-related projects for over ten years. Bing's works of art, inspired by the nicotine-rich leaves, began in 2000 at Duke University .
Over a decade later, the imaginative artist is now exhibiting the third and final installment of his trilogy, known as Tobacco Project. This 440-pound rug is only one piece of his current series. The entire exhibit explores global trade, packaging, marketing, and the irony of subliminal seduction in advertising for a potentially life-threatening product. Bing's work is running now through December 4, 2011 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and will be moved to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield , Connecticut in January 2012.
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