10 Very “Temporary” Art Works

Some art is not meant to last; rather, it’s meant to melt, rot, blow away, disintegrate, disappear… We find these works fascinating. Perhaps its their self-destruction mechanism and their brief life-span that makes them so precious, or maybe it’s their curious, ephemeral materials — ice, butter, singed lit candle wax, festering meat. All these works come with an expiration date, leaving behind withered, deflated corpses and puddles. From Peiro Manzoni to David Lynch, take a gander at some of art’s most “temporary” works in their prime moments. Hurry! Time-sensitive stuff here!

A.F.Vandevorst’s human candle

This sculptural installation from Flemish fashion house duo An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx was created for the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011 with the creative aid of taxidermist Richard Philips and sound artist Chris Garneau. The wax mold of a sleeping girl, riddled with burning candle wicks, slowly charred and liquified in waxen drips pooling in her bed over the course of their exhibit.