Who says crayons are just for kiddie arts and crafts? American artist Christian Faur creates large scale portraits using hundreds of meticulously arranged crayons that act as pixels of a photograph. Take a closer look at these waxy chromatic sculptures.
Remember being a school child and begging your parents for a big box of 64 crayons that include the colors gold and silver? I still remember the waxy smell and feel of a freshly opened box of them! This basic art material brings back such nostalgic memories so we just had to share these one-of-a-kind works by Christian Faur.
We can imagine a workroom full to the brim with the variegated coloring materials which Faur systematically arranges to form larger-than-life portraits. Each crayon acts a peg of a pixel which may look abstract up close but reveal a bigger picture—quite literally—when you step back.
“For this body of work I have assembled more than 100,000 hand cast crayons of varying colors and shades to produce a body of work that, to the best of my knowledge, is unlike anything done before in art. These individual “pixels” of wax are precisely stacked into specific locations inside of wooden frames to produce a new art form that uniquely balances the qualities of both photography and sculpture. Further, I have developed a mapping system that translates the English alphabet into 26 discrete colors and I use these crayon “fonts” to add words and language to each of the pieces in the show."
This art is definitely cray—crayons, that is!