Thursday, February 12, 2009

The real Toy story

Did you know that Santa Claus lives in Guangdong, China ?

In fact, 75% of the world's toys are produced in Guangdong, a province of South east China.

Liberty's department store in London (Great Marlborough st.) in the China Design Now exhibition proposed last spring an installation by Michael Wolf : The real Toy Story.

M. Wolf covered entire walls with more than 20 000 plastic toys. Some amazing photos of the workers in the factories were also embedded in the installation, adding a strange human presence.

All the toys had a face and you could see the sharp contrast between the huge amount of plastic toys and the photos of the workers. 

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