We’ve seen some serious examples of patience, but this five year project by Liza Lou might take the cake. Based in South Africa and inspired by traditional African bead crafts, the artist meticulously covered a life-size kitchen replica in millions of colored glass beads, one by one with a pair of tweezers! From 1991-1996, she covered every surface of the kitchen- furniture, counters, cupboards, tablecloth, and even food items like a pie in the oven, giving a beautiful sparkling effect to all of the items. She even filled the sink with dishes and had blue beaded water streaming from the faucet onto the plates, bowls, and cups.
Three years and 30 million beads later, she completed a backyard picnic set (with 250,000 bead-covered blades of grass) and displayed it next to the kitchen at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. A New York native, Liza Lou has held solo and group exhibitions all over the world. She received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and founded a studio collective with Zulu Artists in South Africa. See more of her incredible projects on her website. Her latest piece Color Field is on display through november 3rd, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.