If you're not a fan of the modern skyscraper, you'll love designer and architect Naihan Li's cathartic solution to your contempt for tall buildings. In a series entitled "Flammable," Li has sculpted a set of to-scale wax skyscraper sculptures that measure over a foot tall and include iconic buildings from the Empire State Building to Taipei 101. In an amusing rebellion against modern architecture, she lights the skyscraper candles on fire and writes, "watching them burn down can be truly satisfying."
Li, who’s previously worked alongside Ai Weiwei and at OMA, says that the motivation behind ‘Flammable’ was sparked by her increasing disillusionment with flashy skyscrapers crowding out once-familiar civic spaces in her home city of Beijing. She channeled her discomfort into creating and burning down sets of iconic wax sculptures built in the likeness of famous modern skyscrapers around the world.
Li first debuted her wax skyscraper candles at Beijing Design Week in 2012 and continues to custom-make them for sale online at Bundshop. “I like watching these buildings burn and melt into artistic pieces,” Li told Bundshop. “I light these for fun, I think I’ve burnt 20 sets just myself.”