Click here to preview the new Fast Company

Want to try out the new

If you’d like to return to the previous design, click the yellow button on the lower left corner.

Obama Burned in Effigy by Chinese Artist ... in a Good Way

burning obama

At first glance, this burning bust of Barack Obama seems like an affront against the president, much in the same way that some consider burning the flag a threat against the U.S. But Chinese artist Liu Bolin claims his bronze bust, built in honor of Obama's visit to China, is actually a celebration of the president.

According to Bolin, the "Burning Man Obama" bust represents the fiery energy that the president holds, claiming "this piece represents energy and life that Obama has given to the world. We're eager to see what he can do for China and U.S. relations." But while Bolun may claim that his sculpture is a positive thing, we wonder if there is actually a deeper, darker meaning. Even if there isn't, the bust is virtually guaranteed to ignite a firestorm of controversy.

liu bolin

Or maybe the whole thing is just a publicity stunt. Bolin is known for his mind-bending invisible man paintings, which feature the artist literally disappearing into his scenes.

What do you think of "Burning Man Obama"? Let us know in the comments.


Add New Comment


  • Nicolás Costa

    I don't see that sculpture as an offense, because the flames aren't incinerating Barack's bust. And the good thing is that you can always say that Obama is, indeed, on fire, as a Denzel Washington-killing-badguys-spree type of thing.

  • Corvida Raven

    I don't think he means any offense by it. I think it's a great representation of how Obama is affecting countries on a global scale.