Philip Ob Rey Contructs Giant, Humanoid Omens out of VHS Tape

Humantropy, Philip Ob Rey - VHS monster overlooking cliff

“Humantropy” is a word coined by artist Philip Ob Rey to describe the decline of civilization in an age of renewed chaos. To explore this concept, Ob Rey constructed spectral giants made out of VHS tape and found natural objects (feathers, stones, and seaweed) and photographed them in the frozen, brooding plains of Iceland. Each sculptural creation embodies the world pre- and post-humankind; they appear both futuristic and ancient, wise and unfeeling. Their tattered forms beautifully symbolize the unraveling of human history and existence as we know it.

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Images © Philip Ob Rey (Humantropy)

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