liu bolin camouflages himself against 193 UN flags for the global goals campaign
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chinese artist liu bolin — widely known as ‘the invisible man’ for his camouflaged painting technique that conceals himself into his surroundings — has completed a new work for the united nations global goals campaign. the artwork ‘the future’ features the hand-painted bolin set against a backdrop of 193 UN flags. the piece, created in the artist’s beijing studio, draws attention to the 17 ‘global goals’, which will be adopted by 193 world leaders on september 25th 2015 — a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.

artist’s paint liu bolin’s body and face to match the colorful and intricate background




‘the name of this new work is called ‘the future’, bolin says. ‘compared with my former works, where I draw attention to social issues by hiding myself in the background, this piece aims to make people think about the future of human beings. I want this new work to help raise consciousness about issues such as poverty, unbalanced development, and global climate change. we can’t stand idle around these issues. we need to do something. art cannot change the future, of course, but it can touch the present. I hope that through this work, more and more people will become aware of how serious the issues we face are, and start making an effort to change the world.’

bolin holds a peeled away piece of the painted skin in front of his face

the artist in his painted form

bolin is camouflaged against 193 UN flags for the global goals campaign


the work has been generated in the computer and painted on to the body of bolin


the work aims to promote a series of ambitious targets to be adopted by 193 world leaders on september 25th 2015

the work has been created in bolin’s beijing gallery