September 8th, 2008 6 Comments » | View blog reactions
Yea, now I’m an art critic as well. No, don’t worry I’m not going to go all artsy fartsy on you. Just want to quickly share some wicked amazing stuff I saw this morning.
This Chinese guy, Jin Dian Shi, makes live size motorcycle sculptures from wire, and the details is just mind boggling. Check out the few pictures I could scrape off the net below. My brain is almost short circuiting just by the thought of fiddling with wire for as long as it must take this level of detail.
Here’s a description I nicked of a gallery’s website that had one of his bikes exhibited earlier this year.
This marvelous sculpture by a Chinese artist, Jin Dian Shi, from Chengdu, China, depicts a life-size 1940â€™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 artistâ€™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, â€œ This phenomenal workmanship is largely missing from contemporary art created in the westâ€¦â€ When asked how long his sculpture takes to build, Mr. Shi responds simply â€œI donâ€™t know, and I donâ€™t want to know.”