Shanghai-based artist Hong Yi, also known by her nickname, “Red,” likes to make art out of unusual objects. In the past, she’s created a portrait of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei from sunflower seeds; a portrait of singer Adele from 1,500 melted tea lights; one of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi with dyed carnations; and a hanging structure of martial-arts movie maestro Jackie Chan using chopsticks.
For one of her more recent projects, the Australian-born artist created a series of shadow artworks inspired by the Star Wars movie franchise. She placed a variety of different materials on wire poles, shined a light on them to cast shadows on the wall, and then manipulated the light source till the shadows came together to form an image. In this case, it’s a certain lovable Wookiee. The image of Chewbacca was created using feathers. Wouldn’t he be tickled?
Because watching the images come to light is even more impressive than seeing them in their static forms, we’ve included a short video below from Red’s Instagram page that shows how they form.
Casted a beam of light onto this bunch of colourful feathers…and #Chewbacca appeared! Part 4 of me #StarWars shadow art series! Who else is excited for #theforceawakens? Tag them! #Stormtrooper is next!
A video posted by red*hongyi (@redhongyi) on Dec 14, 2015 at 10:02pm PST