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Made from 500,000 individual cigarettes and weighing an incredible 980 kg, this mock of skin rug is the creation of master artist Xu Bing. Currently on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the painstakingly put-together tobacco artwork is meant to highlight global trade, packaging and how people are seduced into deadly smoking habits.

Known as one of China’s most prominent and influential artists, the Beijing resident began his cigarette artwork at Duke University in the U.S, at the turn of the century and has delved into the relationship between smoking and packaging. Altogether this exhibition spans over 12 years and surveys one of his most ambitious undertakings.

The artist chose Virginia ro exhibit his work as the Eastern state is traditionally known as the home of mass produced tobacco products.

 

Daniel Brostrom