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You might say that Liu Bolin likes to blend in.
But the Chinese artist does more than just wear camouflage pants and stand next to a bush. With the help of some assistants, Bolin paints himself, head to toe and unassumingly just stands there--in grocery stores, next to piles of coal, on staircases, you name it. And, unless you look really closely, you'll miss him entirely--which is pretty much the point.
It turns out that the process of making oneself truly invisible is quite painstaking. According to a report in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Bolin spends hours perfecting his poses to ensure that he'll mesh with his background. Bolin then stands "in front of backdrops with a team of two assistants to paint the camouflage on his clothes." The "camouflage" can be anything, so long as Bolin segues seamlessly into the backdrop.
Aside from looking cool, Bolin's work does have a deeper meaning. Again according to the Daily Mail, the living sculptures are "designed to show how we all can just disappear in today's mass production world." And how! The photo of Bolin standing in front of a grocery store shelf full of soda cans and bottles is full of color, shading and shadow.
Bolin, who has been at this for several years, has built up an impressive portfolio. A gallery of his work can been seen at Eli Klein Fine Art. You can check out the full collection of photos here. You can see a slideshow of some Bolin's most impressive work in the slideshow below.
Click image to see more of Bolin's disappearing act
OHHHH SHIT ! Does he PAINT himself that way ? Those pics are insane ! It reminds of the movie "When A Stranger Calls" and that guy paints himself as the wall in her apartment and stuff .. my gosh.
hahah dude thats so raw, talk about getting raped
nice tips for making money.... hahahaha
What if he like painted himself to the back of an elevator, and tapped peoples shoulders, then they turn around and be like "Uhhhhh what the hell" and he does it again
Wow, the time and dedication to do something like this is insane. I wonder how long it actually takes himself (or crew) to paint him exactly the same colors/shades/contrast of the image he's trying to replicate. You got me so interested I had to google him up for some more pictures.
If anyone else is interested in them, you can go to;
Liu Bolin - The Real Life Invisible Man | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities