Artist Sends Glass Boxes Via FedEx To Display The Shattered Results

January 10, 2017

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Artist Walead Beshty has been sending laminate glass boxes that perfectly fit inside pre-sized FedEx boxes to various art galleries and exhibitions so that they can display the resulting cracked sculptures. The art's meaning while I smack something with a hammer and see if the Louvre is interested in buying it from me:

"I was interested in how art objects acquire meaning through their context and through travel," Beshty said in an interview with Mikkel Carl. "I wanted to make a work that was specifically organized around its traffic, becoming materially manifest through its movement from one place to another."


Through an ordinary shipment, Walead's pieces would inevitably crack. The curators of the galleries and exhibitions would then have to meticulously remove them for display. Each one was named after the date, tracking number, and box size of the particular shipment.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "He should have gone with UPS?" I mean sure, they can smash the shit out of packages with the very best of them (I'm looking at you, USPS), but that wasn't what I was thinking. I was thinking we should send a severed finger to my roommate to freak him out. "Where are we going to get a severed finger?" Meet me in the back of the graveyard at midnight. "Not a chance." Fine, Plan B: Hey let me get a closer look at that ring you're wearing.

Keep going for several more examples and a video of Beshty describing his work.

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Thanks to n0nentity, who agrees several of those look like they were kicked all the way to their destinations.

  • GeneralDisorder

    "Art". Yes, for the record I am jealous I didn't think of this.

  • Bubbubsky

    This. Is. Not. Art.
    Goddammit.

  • Lilith Dracorr

    You're not art.

  • Meh

    And that guy is called an artist? For one this idea has absolutely ZERO originality, everyone knows fedex sucks balls and secondly, he didn't even package it right. Total idiot.

  • I like them.

  • Roark

    Wonder, if he insured them for the full value? Could be another pay day for him

  • Wonfis

    If they gained value as art through being broken, that's unlikely. Maybe FedEx could charge him a percentage of his commission! They provided the USP, after all.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Did this guy never watch Ace Ventura?

  • Emmitt Morgans

    Yeah, but he always missed the first few minutes.

  • JimmyJam

    The artist would have conveyed a better message if they weren't so brand specific. They claim the intent for damage to naturally occur in transit, but any artistic value is immediately diluted by the focus on a specific carrier. This just seems like they're out for revenge. There would be more integrity in the work if one simply sent the items in plain boxes and/or avoided a singular band.

  • Hazakabammer

    Also, if there were to be an actual social commentary on how careless people are in delivering packages, they would have put "Fragile" on the box- just to prove that no one gives a shit.

  • Jeffrey Naujok

    Wow, what a shock, they went through a giant automated plant that handles 2.5 million packages in 4 hours, that flings them up and down conveyor belts and sliding down metal chutes before they're thrown in and out of airplane cargo ULDs and somehow they got broken. I'm shocked. Totally.

    (That was sarcasm, people -- and, yes, I worked at FedEx.)

  • Wonfis

    I don't think anyone expected them to survive, or thinks that it would be reasonable to expect that; everybody knows about protecting your shipment. It's quite impressive they stayed together as boxes, though I suppose there could be many others that didn't.

  • MustacheHam

    This is quite smashing.

  • Roronoa Zoro

    It would be interesting to see if there were fragile stickers on the boxes or warnings if the glass boxes still broke.

  • Jai Mico

    This the best anti Fed Ex campaign ever! You know for certain how they will handle your fragile packages!

  • Wonfis

    The boxes aren't marked fragile and he didn't use any protective packaging. I don't think it's an attack or even a criticism of FedEx, just an examination of the rigours objects go through in transit.

  • Jai Mico

    Makes me wonder if he did in some of these

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