Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tiger Skin Rug Made of Cigarettes

Made from 500,000 individual cigarettes and weighing an incredible 440lb, this mock tiger skin rug is the creation of master artist Xu Bing.

Currently on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the painstakingly put-together tobacco artwork is meant to highlight global trade, packaging and how people are seduced into deadly smoking habits.
Tiger feat: Chinese artist Xu Bing's art work made of more than 500,000 individual cigarettes designed to look like a tiger skin rug pictured in Richmond, Virginia

Designed through initial sketches laid out onto the floor of the Virginia museum, the tiger rug piece is the culmination of a decade long exploration of the tobacco trade for 56-year old Xu.

Known as one of China's most prominent and influential artists, the Beijing resident began his cigarette artwork at Duke University in the U.S. at the turn of the century and has delved into the relationship between smoking and packaging.

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