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This tank is not a real tank

This tank is not a real tank

Andreas Angelidakis - Polemos, 2017, documenta 14, Fridericianum Museum, Photo Nils Klinger
Andreas AngelidakisPolemos, 2017, Foam and vinyl seating modules, Ten blocks: 50 × 70 × 70 cm, 110 blocks: 50 × 70 × 140 cm, 16 blocks: 50 cm × 70 cm diameter, documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Photo: Nils Klinger

Named for the Greek spirit of war and battle, Polemos is comprised of 136 foam blocks covered in various camouflage fabrics. Together the blocks of foam and vinyl seating modules create a massive tank, which can be disassembled and reassembled in other formations-including seating for visitors to the Fridericianum Museum (where the piece was exhibited during documenta 14). Clearly, a comment on the uncertain nature of war, Polemos is the result of Andreas Angelidakis multidisciplinary practice in art and architecture.

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After Soviet & US invasions: Creation of beautiful war rugs

After Soviet & US invasions: Creation of beautiful war rugs

Afghan War Rugs, AFP-JIJI
War Rug in Afghanistan
Photo: AFP-JIJI

Every time there is war in a region, the locals look for ways to ease their frustration in an effort to remain hopeful. Afghanistan has been at war for a long time and while most people are aware of the United States invasion in 2001, the Soviet Union had occupied the region in 1979. The Middle East region is renowned for its creative rug art and this trade was popular among the women. Up until the dawn of the 1980s, Afghanistan rug makers would dramatically alter the designs of the rugs. Instead of flowers, tanks, airplanes and rocket launchers would comprise the basic design of the rugs. Even though these new-age rug designs would be symbolic of hard and trying times, they would be among the richest art form as a result of war.

The art of rug making in Afghanistan for centuries past was practiced by women. As it was popular among the nomadic tribes, it was not long before various tribes took it up as an activity they would do with their hands. The presence of the Pazyryk rug believed to have been made in the 4th century B.C. is evidence of this deep-rooted tradition. The rugs were used a medium to preserve patterns and lessons as experienced by the artist. It is this inspiration to make art pieces to depict the life around them, which led to the rug images changing following the invasion of Soviet forces.

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Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather?

Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather?

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu’s Tank project commenced in late 2011 and was completed in early 2013. The sculpture is a prototype of the tank, specifically a T34, based on one that was found near a regimen positioned between North Korea and China. The T34 model was used as China’s armed forces principal tank, and furthermore was the same model that was used during specific infamous incidents in China’s recent history.

He Xiangyu had taken his own risks to complete this piece as he had to coordinate a team to sneak into the army base during the night to measure parts of the tank by hand as large-scale measuring tools were unavailable. Determining the measurements took four months. The plans based off of these dimensions were detailed and painstakingly thorough, so thorough that Xiangyu could reproduce an actual tank.

The artist used high grade vegetable tanned leather as his main material for his tank, creating the “outer-coat” by using the dimensions and proportions from the measurements scaled with a very insignificant magnification. Xiangyu together with 35 workers, completed the Tank Project in about two years, using over 250 full-scale leather hides and 50,000 meters of wax string. The finished piece weighs over 4000 pounds. Xiangyu‘s Tank Project also includes the relating diagrams, and video.

About He Xiangyu

He Xiangyu, was born 1986 in Kuandian, China. In 2008, Xiangyu graduated from Shenyang Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in art, where he studied oil painting. His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions around the world. He Xiangyu’s works have been in collections such as: Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Domus Collection, USA; Pinault Collection, France; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany; Mercator Foundation, Essen, Germany; Artron Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Sishang Museum, Beijing, China.

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm


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Provocative pink handmade tank in Hong Kong

Provocative pink handmade tank in Hong Kong

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The Hong Kong 1 July protests are a surprising sight on the often chaotic stress. This day marks the transfer of Hong Kong from the United Kingtom to China (PRC) and being a public holiday it was originally thought to be a day of celebration. However, now it is mostly known for hundreds of thousands of people flooding the streets who protest for democracy, universal suffrage and a variety of other political concerns. This annual protest rally started in 1997, the year of the handover, and in 2003 brought out as much as 500.000 Hong Kongers. Only the protest in May 1989 in favor of the participants of the Tiananmen Square protests was bigger with 1.5 million participants.

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Balloons hold babies, carry beer & create a tank

Balloons hold babies, carry beer & create a tank

Hans Hemmert - german panther, 2007

Hans Hemmert - German Panther, 2007,  Air, Glue, Balloon, 960x370x300cm
Hans Hemmert – German Panther, 2007, balloons, air, glue, 960 x 370 x 300cm

We recently stumbled over these balloon sculptures by German artist Hans Hemmer (b. 1960) who lives and works in Berlin. Inflatables, preferable made from yellow latex, have been his most important artistic means of expression. One of Hemmert’s most well-known works is German Panther, 2007, a tank made entirely out of balloons.

Hans Hemmert - German Panther, 2007,  Air, Glue, Balloon, 960x370x300cm
Hans Hemmert – German Panther, 2007, balloons, air, glue, 960 x 370 x 300cm

Hans Hemmert - German Panther, 2007,  Air, Glue, Balloon, 960x370x300cm
Hans Hemmert – German Panther, 2007, balloons, air, glue, 960 x 370 x 300cm

Hans Hemmert - without title, 1998, 900x550x650cm
Hans Hemmert – without title, 1998, balloons, air, glue, 900 x 550 x 650cm, Galician Centre of Contemporary Art

Hans Hemmert - Emergency, 1999, 450x450x550cm
Hans Hemmert – Emergency, 1999, latex balloons, air, furniture, books, 450x450x550cm, Installation Galerie cent8, Paris

Hans Hemmert - o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Bierkasten), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Julie, Cibachrom 100x75cm
Hans Hemmert – o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Bierkasten), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Julie, Cibachrom 100x75cm

Hans Hemmert - o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Fotoapparat), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler:Fotoapparat, Cibachrom 100x75cm
Hans Hemmert – o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Fotoapparat), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler:Fotoapparat, Cibachrom 100x75cm

Hans Hemmert - o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Julie), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Julie, Cibachrom 100x75cm
Hans Hemmert – o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Julie), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Julie, Cibachrom 100x75cm

Hans Hemmert - o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Leiter), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Leiter, Cibachrom 100x75cm
Hans Hemmert – o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Leiter), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Leiter, Cibachrom 100x75cm

Hans Hemmert - o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Vespa), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Vespa, Cibachrom 100x75cm
Hans Hemmert – o.T. (gelbe Skulptur passend zu Vespa), 1998, Latexballon: Luft: Künstler: Vespa, Cibachrom 100x75cm

Installation in Amberg, Germany


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