The Serge Gainsbourg Cigarette Filter Portrait is a tribute to the late-great French artist/singer-songwriter by Swiss street artist Jinks Kunst. Kunst created the cigarette butt portrait to honor the 20th anniversary of Gainsbourg's death.
Gainsbourg was known as a party animal with an affinity for drinking and smoking, which is what makes the Serge Gainsbourg Cigarette Filter Portrait such a fitting tribute. Kunst reportedly collected 20,394 cigarette butts over a period of three years to complete his work.
The Serge Gainsbourg Cigarette Filter Portrait may be seen as glorifying smoking, but I see it as an eco-friendly statement celebrating the life of an incredibly creative man. After all, if Kunst hadn't used those 20,000 plus cigarette butts to create his portrait, then there's a good chance that most of them would still be wasting space in a landfill or rolling around the streets of Europe.
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