Artist extraordinaire Baptiste Debombourg put 340 painstaking hours into his third Aggravure staple art installation, which uses nearly half a million staples. Inspired by the Renaissance engravers Hendrick Goltzius, Jan Harmensz, and Cherubino Alberti, Debombourg tacked the staples onto a wall in a way that "worsens the scale" of the original 16th century artworks, which, in the artist's view, have aggressive tendencies. We've seen incredible staple art before, but Dembombourg has transformed these tiny ordinary objects into metal murals that even Renaissance artists would be proud of!
Debombourg’s illustrious career began in Paris in 2002 and has continue to get better ever since, culminating in Aggravure III. This particular project takes as points of reference the protagonist Icarus, Renaissance mannerism, and Air Force One – all of which display pathos, beauty, and unnatural behavior, according to the artist.
In this way, the staple – a ubiquitous piece of metal present in just about every office across the planet – becomes both the material and the media. When placed in succession, they emerge as giant etchings that bear uncanny resemblance to 16th century engravings and are even more powerful in an industrial context. Only a lingering look at the images in our gallery can reveal the scale of this extraordinary project, so take a peak and enjoy!
Via This is Colossal
Images via Baptiste Debombourg