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Taiwanese artist Tu Wei-Cheng likes to create illusions and hoaxes with his art. One such work is his large-scale installation titled Happy Valentine’s Day: a chocolate shop complete with hearts, ribbons and pink walls, except that the chocolate boxes are filled with tiny chocolate tanks, guns, hand grenades and other arms and artillery.
What a quirky twist on what is normally a pink and fluffy occasion. On first glance it looks like a girls idea of heaven with chocolate everywhere. Then you realise the formation of boys toys are included in its creation. I wonder if there are any Happy Valentines Day quotes in a message that includes these two parallels that could be sent along with such a mind blowing object. I also wonder what a recipient would think having received such a gift. Thank goodness this is art and not a new craze.