artist jannick deslauriers, based in montreal, quebec, canada, has crafted a military tank from textiles. the massive work is both fragile and imposing as the shape of a tank is formed from translucent fabric held together by black thread. deslaurier’s three-dimensional drawing treats a severe subject with delicacy and beauty as the hollow formation of the tank is understood in conjunction with the textile-artifact’s sheer size. it is as if the artist constructs the reality of war as something of a ghost in every person’s life when examining global history and as a reminder of contemporary perceptions of empathy.

thread drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers
front view of the tank
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thread drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers

thread drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers
detailed view of the roadwheels and links of the military vehicle

thread drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers
alternate view of the main gun

thread drawn tank sculpture by jannick deslauriers
the piece constructed from sheer fabric and dark thread