Artist Sends Glass Boxes Via FedEx To Display The Shattered Results

January 10, 2017


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.







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

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