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The invisible man Liu Bolin

November 12, 2011
Dubbed the Invisible Man, Liu Bolin of Shandong, China has created an art form of camouflage. The 38-year-old artist takes elaborately conceived photographs of himself blending in barely noticeable against his surroundings. Standing motionless for hours as he is painted over, Liu becomes a part of his backdrop, which includes everything from telephone booths to earthquake rubble.

Authorities shut down Liu’s art studio in 2005 and since, “Hiding in the City”, as his series is called, is purportedly Liu’s continuing protest against the state’s crackdown on art and free expression. Enjoy these fabulous photographs, and see if you can spot the artist in them.

A woman laughes as she pushes a trolley past artist Liu Bolin during his demonstration.

Artist Liu Bolin folds his trousers as he prepares to demonstrate an art piece by blending in with the vegetables displayed on the shelves at a supermarket in Beijing.
Assistants of artist Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin is painted himself with the help from his colleagues to blend into rows of soft drinks in his artwork entitled “Plasticizer,” to express his speechlessness at use of plasticizer in food additives, in his studio at the 798 Art District in Beijing, China.

Liu Bolin Chinese Courtyard

Liu Bolin Royal Box at Teatro alla Scalla

Liu Bolin National Day

Liu Bolin Great Wall

Liu Bolin Demolition Site

Liu Bolin Ponte di Rialto

Liu Bolin Coal Pile

Liu Bolin In the Woods
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