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Aggravure by Baptiste Debombourg

It's rather hip for modern artists to skip traditional art media and forgo stuffy art galleries for empty factories and abandoned industrial spaces to showcase their art, but not a lot of them can pull off what French visual artist Baptiste Debombourg did.

In his installation Aggravure, Baptiste spent 75 hours creating the image of falling Phaeton* on a wall in a very, very unusual manner. Read on to find the what he used:

Yup, those are staples. 35,000 of them, actually.

Links: Baptiste Debombourg official website | Aggravure - via Chris Tyrell's Blog

*Phaeton, from the Series The Four Disgracers (1588), engraved by Hendrick Goltzius with designs by Cornelisz van Haarlem. The series depict how Tantalus, Icarus, Phaeton and Ixion were punished for their hubris.

In case of Phaeton, he wanted to prove that he's divine by driving the sun chariot for a day. Phaeton couldn't control the fierce horses that drew the runaway chariot and crashed it into Africa, turning it into a desert and burning the skin of the Ethiopians black. Zeus had to kill him with a thunderbolt to prevent further disaster. Think about that the next time you see a Volkswagen Phaeton.

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