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Wait a Minute...How Did He Do That? Impossible Art

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Chinese artist Li Wei creates art that proves to be impossible. How does he do it, you ask? Performance art and photography is what creates these dangerous illusions. He also uses props such as metal wires, mirrors, scaffolding and acrobatics to help him with the effect.

Liwei Falls to the CarLiwei Falls to the Car

This art is a series of self-portraits that he has made that uses mirrors to reflect his image. Some of his photos sell for around $8,000. As for what people around him think, he told Daily Mail, "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."

29 levels of freedom29 levels of freedom

Li Wei says he will continue to create works in high places. He has a series of photos titled "Li Wei falls to...." in which he depicts himself crashing into different elements.

The artist states that none of these photos use Photoshop.

He reminds me of a cross between Houdini and Superman. He defies gravity yet his photos have an element of magic to them. The end result of these photos are still amazing.

Liwei falls to the Como lake ItalyLiwei falls to the Como lake Italy

I'd have to say that my favorite is the one titled 'hand'. I'd love for a giant hand to just reach out and grab me by the neck....yeah, it would pull me to safety before I get mugged and we'd live happily ever after. Me and the giant hand.

29 levels of freedom29 levels of freedom

Love at the high place 1Love at the high place 1

On the Earth surfaceOn the Earth surface

A pause for humanity 1A pause for humanity 1

Love meets 15mLove meets 15m

handhand

Liwei falls to the EarthLiwei falls to the Earth

Life at the high place 1Life at the high place 1

Sources: hemmy, dailymail

Diana Eid
Innovative Arts
InventorSpot.com

Comments
May 14, 2008
by Anonymous

????

That's awsome

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

woah

those are awesome :O

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

HAND

The one called "hand" is not a real Li Wei!! The man in that picture is wearing full-length jeans, and not those sassy little trademark cut-offs!

Totally FAKE!

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

lulz

photoshop anyone?

i-a-b ftw :D

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

..

one word, three syllables: PHOTOSHOP

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

photoshoped duh

photoshoped duh

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

WOW!!!

THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! HE ROCKZ!!!
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May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

...

awesome but is that art?

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

IAB

IAB IS AWESOME - very nice

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

oMG!!!11!1shiftSHIFT!!1111!!

OMG pH0T0sH0P3d!!!1!!!!11!!!

Just let it go, the photos are cool. Even if they are photoshopped, which I doubt they are.
Why does everything have to be photoshopped?

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

Noobs

Do any of you "OMGPHOTOSHOPPED!!!!11" people even own Photoshop? I work with this stuff all the time and I can tell you that the info is true. It's scaffolding/wires etc.

P.S.

I-A-B rocks

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

WOW!!!!!!!!!

THIS IS VERY INTERESTING...HOW WAS IT DONE///

May 15, 2008
by Anonymous

THIS IS WRONG!!!!!!!!

this can encourage children to do dangerous things. what are you thinking???

May 16, 2008
by Anonymous

weelll duhhh

its obviously done with wires, green screens, scaffholdingg......i mean really people....its so obvious

May 16, 2008
by Anonymous

this is wrong..

for lords sake yeah like children are gonna try to do things like that. sorry kids but no. you cant make real life sculptures of yourself and hang wires from from tehm dont be so silly...

freak

May 16, 2008
by Anonymous

please...

If the child is stupid enough to attempt something he saw in these photos, chances are he will inevitably do something equally stupid of his own device later on.

May 16, 2008
by Anonymous

d00d

that's freaking incredible.

May 17, 2008
by Anonymous

Hand and no photoshop?

Yes, and they made a big plastic lifelike arm with hands to hold the guy above the street, but of course, wires too, to secure the "model" whose neck is in the "hand".

Photoshop does it cheaper. When the artist says "no photoshop", any decent investigator/researcher could find 150 similar products on the market that will alter images to produce these photos. You don't need photoshop to alter an image.

May 17, 2008
by Anonymous

Way to miss the point.

"Photoshop does it cheaper."

It's not a matter of expense, retard. It's art: part of what makes it meaningful is the sheer extravagance of the method of creating it.

But anyway, that first "29 Levels of Freedom" and "On the Earth Surface" are both just fucking beautiful, shopped or not.

May 18, 2008
by Anonymous

i've got it!

i've figured out how he does it... he's filled with helium and the tings are keeping him from flying away not holding him up

May 19, 2008
by Anonymous

read the info

read the info, its done by wires scafolding and mirrors . not photoshop

May 20, 2008
by Anonymous

it totally is Li Wei. it's

it totally is Li Wei. it's on his website..

May 20, 2008
by Anonymous

it's fun

i saw an exhibition of this guy's stuff in beijing in 2005 and the 'hand' one was actually done during the exhibition as a demonstration so it's definitely him and his methods are definitely "real" or not photoshopped or created with any other computer software (called photoshop or not).

and sure it's art, lots of things are 'art'. the exhibition was fantastic, the photos were all presented as extremely large format prints, almost the size of a wall each, and the prints were beautifully crisp and clear, walking into the space with them was really arresting and fascinating and highly entertaining, i grin even now thinking about it because i can remember thinking 'how awesome and what fun!'

Aug 3, 2008
by Anonymous

ah did anyone read the article?

it mentions how its done..

does anyone read anymore/\?

(no photoshop)

yes its art

Dec 28, 2008
by Anonymous

awsomme

ciool.