Malaysian-born artist Hong Yi used 64,000 chopsticks to create a portrait of Rush Hour star and action hero Jackie Chan.
The 28-year-old artist, who has a studio based in Shanghai, used 100 million sunflower seeds for her portrait of artist Ai Weiwei and hundreds of socks for her portrait of film director Zhang Yimou. Additionally, she painted sports star Yao Ming using a basketball and dabbed coffee stains for pop star Jay Chou.
“I spent a month collecting 64,000 chopsticks, in Zhejiang and in Beijing. I tied them into different bundle sizes with strings, and then hung them on a steel frame. This was a hanging piece that had to be suspended with steel cables, so I had to make sure that it was structurally stable enough to carry that many chopsticks. The installation is best viewed from the front, where the portrait is most visible. From its side, waves of chopsticks tied in bundles is seen.”
The WSJ reports that “in addition to the time spent collecting her materials, it took Ms. Hong another month to create her masterpiece. Some days she spent up to 12 hours carefully tying the chopsticks together.”
Watch a video on the making of the Jackie Chan portrait below, and view more of the artists’ incredible work on her Instagram.