Sculptures Made Of Recycled Human Blood

1996A recycling website asks, “Is using human blood for a sculpture the ultimate in recycling or is it going too far?” That’s actually only the beginning of the questions I would have regarding the behavior of British artist Marc Quinn. Two decades ago, he discovered that human blood is a high-quality sculpting material, and since has been taking large quantities from his body and using it to create self-replicas:

Marc Quinn created his first self-portrait in 1991 when he was only 27 years old. Over the course of almost a year, he drew 4.5 liters (9.5 pints) of his own blood and used it to create a sculpture of his head. The blood needs to be frozen, otherwise the sculpture will melt. The bold statement behind the sculpture — namely that any material can be used — catapulted Quinn to art world stardom in the early ’90s and he became a representative of the Brit Art movement.

The 2006 “Self” (below) was purchased by the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery for more than $465,000 (£300,000). Gallery director Sandy Nairne said, “Quinn’s ‘Self’ is an outstanding acquisition — a major icon of contemporary British art, both startling and revealing.”

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4 Responses to Sculptures Made Of Recycled Human Blood

  1. Blahawdawd October 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Doesn’t look like a sculpture so much as a mold.

    Creepy, but not exactly requiring amazing talent.

  2. Blahawdawd October 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    Doesn’t look like a sculpture so much as a mold.

    Creepy, but not exactly requiring amazing talent.

    • Scarab October 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

      That’s the beauty of “art.” You don’t really need artistic talent, but rather the creativity to think of absurd things such as this. Sure, it is an interesting idea, but I certainly don’t believe it should be worth that sort of money.

  3. Scarab October 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    That’s the beauty of “art.” You don’t really need artistic talent, but rather the creativity to think of absurd things such as this. Sure, it is an interesting idea, but I certainly don’t believe it should be worth that sort of money.

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