This Artist Carefully Arranged 60,000 Chopsticks To Create A Very Special Portrait

Artist Hong Yi, better known as "Red", is a multimedia artist. That is to say, she doesn't use traditional materials like paint brushes and ink to make her artwork. Instead, she creates amazing likenesses out of everyday objects grouped together to become art.

Red floats between being an artist and an architect.

In this piece, she's using chopsticks as her medium.

This is a piece that was commissioned by Jackie Chan's art director.

It's for Jackie Chan's 60th birthday.

It's a portrait of the martial arts legend unlike any seen before.


Made completely out of bundles of chopsticks.

Jackie Chan was always a big fan of Red's work.

It’s understandable, because her work is entrancing.

So, Red was hired to create his 60th birthday portrait.

It's difficult to even imagine how she goes about designing her construction.

This piece is made out of 64,000 chopsticks. She collected them in Zhejiang and Beijing and affixed them to a steel frame.


Red's portrait was presented at Jackie Chan's birthday concert in front of a crowd of 10,000.

Red said, “It wasn't easy to choose the material for Jackie's piece. He is a world famous actor, an exceptional martial arts fighter, an environmentalist, and one of the most well-known faces internationally! I finally decided on chopsticks because Jackie had used them in some of the fighting scenes in his movies the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid, and because chopsticks are Chinese. As he is also an environmentalist, I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that discarded materials can be reused and made into something meaningful and beautiful. This art installation is a tribute to the life, art and cultural significance of Jackie Chan.” 

Credit: Hong Yi

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