artist Li Wei creates images of himself and his friends being thrown
dangling from bridges and hanging off cars, all in the name of art.
Li's photos can take up to six months to set up and involve huge crews
organising props such as smoke,
mirrors, wires and cranes. After the photographs are taken the father
of one removes traces of the wires with a computer.
Li, from Beijing, said: "One of the most difficult and expensive shots
and 12 people were flying behind a car and we had to use a lot of
cranes to keep us all suspended"
favourite photograph features my daughter holding some helium balloons
and I am standing on them in mid air.
was lovely working with my
daughter and the photo represents my feelings," he said
40 year old has been producing works since 1999 and has made tens of
thousands of pounds from his photographs
He said: "I like to achieve
the impossible. I have hurtled to the earth like a meteorite and flown
through the air
My pictures show the unstable, there's a lot of danger
and I love to create that feeling in my work"
of the images can be really complex and take up to six months to put
together whereas some
very simple and can be planned in a sketch
and shot immediately"
images can involve me getting battered around a bit - most times
pick up an injury from the stunt wires, one time I got my head stuck in
a pane of smashed glass"
can be dangerous, but I like to ride that line, to me it's worth it to
defy gravity or fly through the air," he said
Pause for Humanity 3
at the High Place 1
the Surface of the Earth
work has been featured on popular wesites
try this at home, particularly if - like performance artist Li Wei -
you live in a tower block
amazing photographs are not montages and do not involve any computer
relies on his own acrobatic skills, honed from years of martial arts
pictures feature Wei suspended in a string of impossible situations at
locations across Hong Kong and China
include images of him plunging through a car windscreen...
floating mid-air with a bunch of friends perched on his back
am fascinated by the unstable and dangerous sides of art and I hope my
works reflect these aspects," he says
I am in real danger -
have to hang myself high with steel wires and people do get a little
worried for me - but I am fine"
can't help wondering whether it might not be easier - and safer - to
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