Artist Creates One-Of-A-Kind Sculptures Using FedEx

Artist Creates One-Of-A-Kind Sculptures Using FedEx
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Walead Beshty made the unique sculptures by sending glass cubes through the delivery service to different art galleries

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 18 january 2017

Works of art can be extremely delicate, which is what LA-based artist Walead Beshty counted on for his latest collection (currently on auction on artnet Auctions. FedEx is a series of glass sculptures shaped to perfectly fit standard packing sizes, and then sent them through the delivery service on the way to different galleries, instructing them to display them as delivered, cracks and all.

He continued this process for nine years, letting the normal process associated with shipping and handling do the ‘creating.’ The sculptures are physical proof of the sculptures’ journey pre-art as well as how the box’s shape are copyrights. As Beshty tells Mikkel Carl:

“There’s a copyright designating the design of each FedEx box, but there’s also the corporate ownership over that very shape. It’s a proprietary volume of space, distinct from the design of the box, which is identified through what’s called a SSCC #, a Serial Shipping Container Code. I considered this volume as my starting point; the perversity of a corporation owning a shape—not just the design of the object—and also the fact that the volume is actually separate from the box.”

Watch the video below to hear the artist talk more about the inspiration behind these sculptures:

Walead Beshty

Works of art can be extremely delicate, which is what LA-based artist Walead Beshty counted on for his latest collection (currently on auction on artnet Auctions. FedEx is a series of glass sculptures shaped to perfectly fit standard packing sizes, and then sent them through the delivery service on the way to different galleries, instructing them to display them as delivered, cracks and all.

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