The monk who appears to have a flare for flying

Artist Li Wei has always pushed the boundaries of art, but he has really taken his latest work to new heights.

The Chinese photographer dressed as a monk and suspended himself in the air by wires to perform this illusion. He then shoots red smoke out of his shoes to create the effect of flying.

And as these dizzying pictures show, he has a real taste for gravity-defying stunts.

The pictures were taken over the Fontaine of Lyons at La Villette in Paris.

Born in Beijing in is work is a mix of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality.

He says he never uses computers or special effects, just mirrors, wires, scaffolding and acrobatics.Creating hair-raising performances to convey his continual sense of lost gravity, Wei has taken his work all over the world.


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