Grab the Bull By the HornsLiu Bolin blends into famous Wall Street bull statue. Taken in New York City's Financial District, 2011.
Toy StoryLiu Bolin hiding in a toy store in New York. Taken in 2012.
Poster BoyLiu hides among a Chinese construction propaganda poster, 2011.
Temple of HeavenBlending into Beijing's Temple of Heaven in 2010.
One With NatureHidden among tall trees in China, 2010.
Grocery StoreBlending in with the produce at a Chinese grocery store, 2011.
Dead EndLiu is painted into the stripes of a Chinese road block, 2007.
Under ConstructionLiu becomes invisible standing alongside a bulldozer in China, 2008.
Along the CanalIn 2010, Liu stands in front of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy.
Yellow RiverLiu wades in the murky waters of the Yellow River in 2011.
Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist who has made a name for himself with his “Hiding in the City” photo series. Liu and his team of artists paint his body in a chameleon-like fashion, allowing him to blend into various backgrounds and becoming seemingly invisible.
In an interview with Crane TV, Liu explains how he first got the idea of becoming invisible when the government took away his creative space.
“I began shooting this series in November of 2005. I was working in the artist village Suo Jin Cun. I had a studio there torn down by the government. At the time I wanted to protest. … It was like being hit and hitting back. [So] I made myself disappear.”
Liu’s work has him blending into Chinese monuments like the Temple of Heaven or the Great Wall, to everyday scenes like a grocery store, or hidden within the nation’s city streets.
Most of the series’ photos take place in China; he is often pictured in front of scenes of different stages of China's development, profoundly remarking on the changes he is seeing.
“More are focused on China and concerns that arise from its development,” Liu said in the interview.
After seeing success with his work in China, Liu has taken his chameleon skills internationally. He can be seen (or not seen) in London, Venice and New York.
“You’re not constantly allowing your surroundings to swallow you up. In history we’re just a dot. How did you make your mark?”
Below is a video of how one of his photos comes together:
The rest of Liu's work can be viewed here.