How TSA-Confiscated Items Become Art

How TSA-Confiscated Items Become Art

Three artists are channeling the aggravations of airport security by making works from items confiscated by the TSA.

The Artist: Michele Pred

Objectionable Object Cigarette lighters

The Work Inflamed, a 3-D replica of an American flag made out of 91 red, white, and blue lighters.

On View At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, through October 12 (608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, Wis.; 920/458-6144).

The Artist: Christopher Locke

Objectionable Object Scissors

The Work Scissor Spider Series, unnervingly lifelike 3- to 10-inch sculptures of spiders.

On View On permanent display at the Austin Art Garage (200 S. Lamar Blvd., Suite J, Austin, Tex.; 512/351-5934).

The Artist: Cai Guo-Qiang

Objectionable Objects Knives and scissors

The Work Move Along, Nothing to See Here, two 12-foot-long sculptures of crocodiles studded with banned blades.

On View At the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, from October 25, 2008 through January 12, 2009 (1-1 Hijiyama Koen, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan; 81-82/264-1121).

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