Actor Jackie Chan turned 60 years young on Monday. An artist celebrated the stuntman's birthday in a way Chan could have never imagined.
Malaysian artist-architect Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname "Red," paid tribute to the actor with an incredible portrait made of 64,000 chopsticks. It took her about a month to conceptualize the work, gather the pieces, and tie them together for the final project.
"Jackie has used chopsticks during his kungfu scenes in a few movies like the Fearless Hyena and Karate Kid," Yi explained on YouTube of her reasoning behind her choice material. "I used disposable bamboo chopsticks to show that disposable materials can be reused and made into something else more meaningful and beautiful."
Yi presented the final piece to Chan in Beijing during a special concert held for his birthday on April 6. The actor returned the favor by co-starring in a video with the artist online. In the YouTube clip, which also shows off the portrait, Chan and Yi get into their own chopsticks fight. The "Rush Hour" star eventually concedes that Yi is good and bows, referring to her as "master."
Chan is far from the first public figure to be the subject of Yi's art. Her YouTube page features videos of the artist creating portraits of singer Adele, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and basketball player Yao Ming. Last September, she presented Novak Djokovic with a portrait at the China Open in Beijing. Yi painted it with only a tennis ball and a pair of chopsticks.
According to her website, Yi runs her own design studio and splits time between Shanghai and Malaysia.
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