If you’re planning on sending something made of glass via FedEx or UPS, beware, your item may not end up in one piece, but this is the hopes of one artist. Los Angeles-based Walead Beshty has sent glass pieces for nine years, from 2005 to 2014, via FedEx, using their standard shipping boxes and the pieces of glass invariably crack in transit.
This is his goal. The cracked pieces are now art to Walead. It was his goal for the pieces to break. He calls them “FedEx Works.” The pieces are the size and shape of the boxes.
The pieces that are delivered to the galleries, are then taken out, pieces back together and displayed on top of their shipping boxes. This is the art.
From Wikipedia: “Beshty earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in 1999, and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Art in 2002. He is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Art Department at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and has taught at numerous schools including University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of the Arts; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and the MFA Program at Bard College. Beshty has exhibited widely in numerous institutions and galleries around the world.”
Walead discusses his art here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WffqBKryxk