Smoke ’Em If You Got ’Em

I wonder what kind of stories a drop cloth would share if it could.  I imagine it would be something along the lines of dirt and bugs and butt sweat, but I think it might be really cool too.  Like think of Monet or Jackson Pollock of Rembrandt.  Those are some pretty BA painters who must have struggled and starved like the rest of the artists in the world at some point.

When I paint, I use an equal amount of color, brushes and profanity.  The process usually isn't pretty, but the success in the end result is what I'm aiming for.  I thought it would be fun to do an imaginary interview with a drop cloth but then I started typing it and it wasn't fun.  Oh well! 

Instead of writing about that, I dug up some info about this smoking hot design project going down in Richmond, VA.  Check it-


Artists worked tirelessly to make this tiger skin carpet completely out of cigarettes and glue.  It's pretty amazing, if I do say so myself (and I do).  This project, masterminded by Chinese artist Xu Bing was on display in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from September through early December... Bummed I missed it.  [That was a bad joke... bum a cigarette, bummed I missed it]. 

You HAVE to check out this 35 second video of the entire thing.  From one direction, the carpet is as pictured above and from the opposite direction, it appears to be a different carpet!


Now I'm not saying that you should offer your soul, lungs or liver to the design gods to create something of such caliber, but if you feel the need to, please let me know!  It's for a good cause, which would be my entertainment.  For real though, think of all the useless things we have laying around that could be turned into a much more useful or beautiful thing.  It's really all relative, so if you've got a stash of old candy wrappers or nail clippings, see what you can come up with!! 



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