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    Default Freaky pics of artist dangling horizontally out of a skyscraper

    Dangling horizontally out of a skyscraper, this hovering figure looks set to fall to his doom.


    But this 'jumper' hasn't just lost it all on a game of chance - this is performance art with a difference.
    Chinese artist Li Wei has produced an unsettling series of self-portraits involving his face reflected in mirrors in public places, and photographs of himself crashing into walls and sidewalks.
    His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Scroll down for more...
    Li Wei uses props such as metal wires to create his spectacular work



    Creating hair-raising performances to convey his continual sense of lost gravity, Wei has taken his work all over the world from Italy, Spain, Korea and the USA.
    "My work and artistic experience are characterised by a unique specificity and particularity," says the 37-year-old artist from Beijing.
    "My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world.
    "I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects.
    Wei's photos, which sell up to $8,000 (4,200), depict him free falling from tall buildings-pictures that resemble the famous photograph of the French artist Yves Kline hurtling out a window. Scroll down for more...
    Wei's photos depict him free falling from tall buildings



    "My favourite pieces are the 'Mirror' and the 'Li Wei falls...' series," he says.
    "I began my career in the late 1990s, and is most like my Mirror 2000 series, which includes over 40 site-specific performance pieces.
    "Using a large mirror, three feet square, with a hole in the centre large enough to accommodate my head and neck, I place my head through the hole and "project" my image onto various historical and urban environments.
    "The philosophy that emerges from my work shows the independence of the spiritual values of Chinese artists and the internal peace of a culture."
    The artist loves the reaction that his work evokes from people who pass it on the street. Scroll down for more...
    A giant arm appears to save the artist from a spectacular fall



    He said: "The first reaction is astonishment. Some people think they are full of sense of humour. They are curious about how I did this.
    "Sometimes I am in real danger - I have to hang myself high with steel wires and people do get a little worried for me - but I am fine."
    Li Wei sees his art as both a mission to set the scene for the perfect photograph and a perfect performance.
    "Each photograph lies with a performance", he said.
    "For me, how to express myself and the process is more important. I don't care much about if that's performance or photography."
    And he has no intention of letting up with his work and is aiming to go as high as possible.
    Li said: "I'll continue creating works in high places.
    "I incorporated gravity as one of my main elements. My work and artistic experience are characterised by a unique specificity and particularity.
    "My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world.
    "Li Wei falls to..' which has led my work to be recognised as the perfect metaphor for the Chinese conquest of the world.
    "In these, my body crashes like a meteorite in different contexts." Scroll down to see more pictures...
    The 37-year-old's work has been successful all over the world


    Li Wei sees his art as a mission to set the scene for the perfect photograph and a perfect performance


    He specialises in creating the illusion of dangerous reality


    The artist employs a mix of acrobatics


    Wei admits sometimes he is in real danger


    The 'jumper' says he aims to go as high as possible with his work


    Here he appears buried in the ground. The artist says people do get a little worried about him




    The amazing pictures of an artist dangling horizontally out of a skyscraper | the Daily Mail

    Haha love these

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    Wow that's pretty neat. I imagine he could really excel in the movie industry with these skills - it'd be really useful to have him setting up still shots for DVD covers etc.

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    These shoots are just so fake and stupid. He's wasted his time and money to me.
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    Interesting concept.
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    "My artistic language is universal and deals with themes about contemporary politics and society using symbols understood by everyone in every part of the world.
    Yes, the "head in the sand" motif is just mindboggling. Mind telling me what "little chinese dude being sucked out a skyscraper" is supposed to mean?
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    whatta dumbass

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    More like Crouching moron, hidden camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkdgirl View Post
    More like Crouching moron, hidden camera.

    i just blew snot all over my keyboard, thanks a lot.
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    Default Walking in the air: the amazing art of Li Wei


    Don't try this at home, particularly if - like performance artist Li Wei - you live in a tower block


    These amazing photographs are not montages and do not involve any computer trickery


    Li Wei, who lives in Beijing, creates the images using mirrors, carefully hidden thin wires...


    ...and his own acrobatic skills, honed from years of martial arts training


    The pictures feature Wei suspended in a string of impossible situations at locations across Hong Kong and China


    Others include images of him plunging through a car windscreen...


    ...embedded in ice...


    ...and floating mid-air with a bunch of friends perched on his back


    "I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects," he says


    "Sometimes I am in real danger - I have to hang myself high with steel wires and people do get a little worried for me - but I am fine"


    We can't help wondering whether it might not be easier - and safer - to use Photoshop


    See more of Li Wei's work at his website

    Walking In The Air: the amazing art of Li Wei - Telegraph

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    "I am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my works reflect these aspects," he says.


    love it.

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    a-hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post

    i just blew snot all over my keyboard, thanks a lot.
    awesome!
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    Oh dear, I doubled posted..serve me right for being a postwhore

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    I like this pictures, but he's a bit of a twat. He should just have said "I like making cool and funny pictures. It's a bit of a laugh. I like making people smile."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey View Post
    Oh dear, I doubled posted..serve me right for being a postwhore
    Oh well. It was from a long time ago! Mind like a steel trap, I has.
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