This Artist Is Literally Looking for a Needle in a Haystack

Italian performance artist Sven Sachsalber is basing his latest work on an age old figure of speech. He’s going spend two whole days looking for a needle in a haystack. Well, people have been talking about it for so long, I say it’s about time someone actually gave it a try!

For two days this week – Thursday and Friday – 27-year-old Sven will be combing a stack of hay in search of that elusive pre-inserted needle, at Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art gallery in Paris.

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Sven, who currently lives in New York, is known for his intense performance art that is often physically exhausting. He’s done some pretty crazy things in the past – like eating a poisonous mushroom, cutting down the branches of a large tree by hand, and spending 24 hours in a room with a cow.

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According to the gallery website, Sven is always the protagonist in his work. “Often funny, often serious and sometimes both, his work contains a universal poetic element.” And although his latest performance is scheduled for two days, there’s no telling how long it will actually take to spot the needle!

Source: Palais de Tokyo


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