Artist Chen Chun-Hao creates reproductions of traditional Chinese ink paintings using hundreds of thousands of tiny headless nails shot one by one with a nail gun into white canvas stretched over wooden boards.
Prior to using nails, Chen created art with thousands of thumbtacks hammered by hand. He built billboard-sized mosaics, creepy dolls, and even a 24ft-by-12ft gallery floor installation that used 340,000 tacks.
He changed materials for The Way of Nailing project to work more efficiently and achieve more detail. One ink painting recreation, Travelers Among Mountains and Streams, consists of a staggering 750,000 nails.
While other art forms may look down on plagiarism, Chinese artists don’t have a problem with copying from the masters and Chen explains there are in fact both spiritual and competitive aspects behind the tradition.