Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Amazing Chameleon – Reptile or Human?

The power of nature, as we already know, is truly awesome, and one of the most incredible of reptiles is the wondrous chameleon. The ability to change colours to blend in to its surroundings acts as a form of protection against would-be predators.

I was recently sent a video on email which I attempted to upload to YouTube – it was rejected due to copyright embedded within the file… I then did a quick search and found the same video already online – so here it is embedded below… watch the Chameleon in all of it’s glory here (disclaimer - I'm no expert, but I have been told that this video uses the power of computer graphics technology - apparaently the chameleon does not change colour this dramatically - perhaps it's an advertisement for sunglasses? - It's quite amazing to watch regardless).

But let’s take this one step further – imagine if human’s could tap into this natural ability – how effective would it be in times of war? No need for camouflage?

One artistic genius has used his talent to become the first “Human Chameleon”, and has received world-wide recognition as a result.

36-yo Liu Bolin is a young Beijing-based artist. By using his own body as a material for his art, he has earned the title of “The Invisible Man”.

The artist achieves his effect by painting himself blends in to the backdrop, giving the illusion that he is transparent and sometimes even almost completely invisible.

Liu Bolin will often remain blended into the backdrop for up to 10 hours. Then when people least expect it, he moves – to the sheer terror of his audience.

He said "Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it's what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story… I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.”

His exhibition has gone on display in many countries around the world already including China, Paris and New York.

In October, the exhibition can be seen at YU Gallery in Paris.


Demolition II

Policeman I


Olympic Game Emblem

Village SO

Dash Forward Together

Beijing New Art Project

Road Barrier


Contemporary Chinese Art

We Need More for the New Culture


1 comment:

Rhett said...

Very cool photos, I wonder if it hurt to scrub all that paint off! I think it would be useful in war but for how long. Even during the games on x-box there is that kind of camouflage and with the correct amount of practice you can see your enemy. I would not want to be thinking that they cannot see me and have them shoot me because they knew how. No, it is better to just use a long range missile.
Rhett out