Tuesday, 01 Nov, 2011 Offbeat

Half-Million Cigarettes Used to Make Mesmerizing Tiger Skin Rug


The well-known artist Xu Bing has been interested in the tobacco business for more than 10 years.

The artist's latest work is a rug that resembles a tiger skin. The rug is entirely made from 500,000 cigarettes.

It would be interesting to note that the work is a part of the Tobacco Project that attempts to study the culture and making of tobacco from artist's perspective.

The rug can be viewed on the floor of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, informing visitors about the huge tobacco industry and offering a glimpse of its modern and historical ideas.

Bing's large collection of works examines various topics ranging from global trade to packaging and the worldwide transportation of tobacco products.

The beautiful works will be exhibited until December 4th, with Connecticut being its next location.

[via Xu Bing]

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