Typically associated with civil disobedience and riotous kids on the streets of Eastern Europe, the molotov cocktail is being reimagined by a street artist named 't-radya.' This time around the purpose isn't anarchy -- it's art.
By applying bandages and adhesive tape to blank canvases, this beyond-the-box artist is able to guide the flames in along the tape. Once the canvas is strung up, the key ingredient is added -- a single molotov cocktail is thrown directly at the painting, splashing grain alcohol and flames across the weave. As the embers die and the woven fabric is deformed, the familiar faces of Stalin, Lenin and other Russian figures begin to materialize. Melded by overwhelmingly symbolic flames, this installation will remain on display in an abandoned WWII hospital in t-radya's native Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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