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Anyone seen my Dad? Amazing artist defies gravity as he stands on his daughter's floating balloons

Anyone seen my Dad? Amazing artist defies gravity as he stands on his daughter's floating balloons

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:02 PM on 15th September 2010


A little girl holding a clutch of helium balloons may not be such an unusual sight.

But when your seemingly weightless father is standing on top of them, people are going to notice.

Welcome to the world of Li Wei - the real life 'action hero' who creates explosive images of himself being thrown off buildings and dangling from bridges - all in the name of art.

The unusual performer dramatically creates scenes of himself hanging by his fingertips from street-lamps or flying out of 25th storey office windows.


Going with the float: Artist Li Wei's daughter seems unconcerned that her father is standing on top of her balloons


Giant leap forward: Safety wires and harnesses may have been removed with digital trickery, but even so, this is a hair-raising shot

Dubbed 'the death wish artist', Li's stunning photos can take up to six months to set up and involve huge crews organising props and effects such as smoke, mirrors, wires and even cranes.

After the photographs are taken, the father of one removes any wires that were used to create the photos with computer editing.

The 40-year-old has been producing the work since 1999 and has made tens of thousands of pounds from his dazzling photographs.

Li, from Beijing, China, said: 'I like to achieve the impossible. I have hurtled to the earth like a meteorite and flown through the air.'


Hang in there: Brave Li holds on to a damsel in distress as they dangle precariously from a bridge


Up, up and away: Li Wei that some of the setups put him in genuine danger

'My pictures show the unstable, there's a lot of danger and I love to create that feeling in my work.'

'Some of the images can be really complex and take up to six months to put together whereas some are very simple and can be planned in a sketch and shot immediately.

'The images can involve me getting battered around a bit - most times I will pick up an injury from the stunt wires - one time I got my head stuck in a pane of smashed glass.'

He continued: 'One of the most difficult and expensive shots was where myself and 12 people were flying behind a car and we had to use a lot of cranes to keep us all suspended.'


High light: Balanced on a streetlight high above a half-built motorway is no place for vertigo sufferers


Romantic fling: Li Wei gets himself thrown off a building to create another great picture... and is booted off as well

'Another difficult one was where I was flying out of a window 25 storeys high, that was tough because I didn't have a crew and had to set everything up myself.

'My favourite photograph features my daughter holding some helium balloons and I am standing on them in mid air.

'It was lovely working with my daughter and the photo represents my feelings.'

'It can be dangerous, but I like to ride that line. To me it's worth it to defy gravity or fly through the air.'


Slam dunk: In a scene that looks like the LA Lakers mixed with The Matrix, Li Wei scores two points in basketball

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first one look so fun .

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the picture where he got kicked off at the rooftop is scary

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is this for real?

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