Artist "Red" Hong Yi spent a month collecting chopsticks from cafes, stalls and factories for her masterpiece

By Alex Heigl
Updated April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Courtesy REDhongyi

Move over, Mona Lisa.

Chinese artist "Red" Hong Yi wished legendary martial artist, stuntman and actor Jackie Chan a happy 60th birthday on April 7 in a fairly unusual fashion: She made a portrait of him … using 64,000 chopsticks.

Whether Chan will hurl himself through it in a hair-raising stunt remains to be seen.

The first part of the video references a scene in [LINK‘s Fearless Hyena” “” “” “0” ], where an exchange between teacher and student involving chopsticks gradually escalates to Chan-ian proportions.

The second part of the video shows Hong Yi constructing the portrait: She created it by hanging bundles of chopsticks – some containing dozens, some just a few – vertically from a large rack.

“I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that disposable materials can be reused and made into something else more meaningful and beautiful,” Hong Yi explains on YouTube.

“I spent a month collecting these chopsticks from cafes, stalls and factories in Zhejiang and Beijing, then tying each of them up.”

Hong Yi presented Chan with the portrait at a birthday concert in Beijing on April 7. Hopefully it lasts longer than the scenery in most of his films.

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