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Artist Spends 9 Years Using FedEx To Ship Glass Boxes To Create Shattered Sculptures
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Artist Spends 9 Years Using FedEx To Ship Glass Boxes To Create Shattered Sculptures

If you’re wondering how much carriers care about the safety of your shipment, then you have to see this brilliant experiment by LA-based Walead Beshty. During a 9 year period, Beshty has been creating laminate glass objects which perfectly fit inside FedEx boxes and shipping them to various galleries and exhibitions in order to explore how works of art gather “fingerprints”.

“I was interested in how art objects acquire meaning through their context and through travel,” Beshty said in an interview with Mikkel Carl. “I wanted to make a work that was specifically organized around its traffic, becoming materially manifest through its movement from one place to another.”

Through an ordinary shipment, Walead’s pieces would inevitably crack. The curators of the galleries and exhibitions would then have to meticulously remove them for display. Each one was named after the date, tracking number, and box size of the particular shipment.

(h/t: colossal)

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Susanna Vesna
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Art these days is like...Literally taking anything and doing ANYTHING to it, and voila! Im a muthafuckin starboy...

Stille20
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to agree, but in the experimenting, maybe they find something amazing.

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Violaine LB
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am currently working on a new project - a collection of paper cups stained with lipstick that reflect the mood of the artist as the cups are sometimes stained in bright red, discrete pink or an elegant nude. This represents the ephemeral character of the cup as a material, but the permanence of the lipsticks as it lingers in people's mind. I put a lot of thought into it and am very proud of this project - nearly as much as of the objects my cats broke and that I kept, which are soon to be exhibited at the MOMA. Yes, right...

Daria B
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interesting idea. Interesting result too. But I'd like to see what happens if you put the "[FRAGILE]" sign on the package.

Jeanne Deaux
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Exactly the same. Ask my mug that arrived in 2 useless pieces even though my friend put a fragile sign on each side of the package to be sure.

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Susanna Vesna
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Art these days is like...Literally taking anything and doing ANYTHING to it, and voila! Im a muthafuckin starboy...

Stille20
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have to agree, but in the experimenting, maybe they find something amazing.

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Violaine LB
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am currently working on a new project - a collection of paper cups stained with lipstick that reflect the mood of the artist as the cups are sometimes stained in bright red, discrete pink or an elegant nude. This represents the ephemeral character of the cup as a material, but the permanence of the lipsticks as it lingers in people's mind. I put a lot of thought into it and am very proud of this project - nearly as much as of the objects my cats broke and that I kept, which are soon to be exhibited at the MOMA. Yes, right...

Daria B
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Interesting idea. Interesting result too. But I'd like to see what happens if you put the "[FRAGILE]" sign on the package.

Jeanne Deaux
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Exactly the same. Ask my mug that arrived in 2 useless pieces even though my friend put a fragile sign on each side of the package to be sure.

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