Friday, 27 February 2009

Beautiful full-size body candles

Have you noticed what an intrinsically crappy design a wax candle is? Thin candles dribble wax all over your table, and thick candles burn a third of the way down before their wicks drown in a molten pool of wax. Next time you use the candle, you have excavate the wick with tip of a sharp knife. (And, no, freezing candles before you use them doesn't help at all, because, duh, they defrost as they heat up.)

Tea lights are singularly usesless, with their lifespan of three minutes and their horrid little tin containers, and candles scented with anything else besides wax are, well, an abomination.

You'd think that someone would have perfected this design, considering the ancient history of the candle (the Egyptians were making beeswax candles 3000 years ago).

What I want is some thick, handsome ivory-coloured church candles that burn evenly and for hours.

Anyway, the reason I mention candles is because I wanted an excuse to show you these wonderful body-sized candles, created by Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz.

The artists made casts of their bodies using beeswax and paraffin , with a wick running down the middle, and then lit their candles at the beginning of the show.

Via BoingBoing.

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