Thursday, September 11, 2008
On 9-09-08, I visited Helmet Hair MotorcycleBlog and looked at this amazing wire sculpture of a motorcycle. It was made by the artist Jin Dian Shi. His work is absolutely amazing. Just in case you don't read Helmet Hair, I just had to share it.
The information below was copied from the Andrew Bae Gallery website.
This marvelous sculpture by a Chinese artist, Jin Dian Shi, from Chengdu, China, depicts a life-size 1940’s vintage BMW motorcycle using woven stainless steel wires. This is his third motorcycle ever built, each one using different method and only one in North America. The artist’s technique here is a basic crochet-like approach using extremely simple custom made hand tools working in excruciating details. The shock spring is clearly visible as well as the tread patterns on its tires. Mr. Alan Artner, senior art critic at Chicago Tribune once says, “ This phenomenal workmanship is largely missing from contemporary art created in the west…” When asked how long his sculpture takes to build, Mr. Shi responds simply “I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.”
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