Behold, A Sculpture Made Out Of Underpants

Figuring out what to do with old or unwanted undies is quite the conundrum, am I right? You can’t take them to the Salvation Army; you can’t use them as dishrags ’cause that would be weird, but it feels wrong to throw them away. Swiss-born artist Pipilotti Rist figured out just how to recycle undergarments: turn them into art. Though I kid, “Massachusetts Chandelier,” featuring undies collected from the artist, her mother and friends and hung in tiers illuminated by video light projections, is actually quite beautiful … This installation is part of Rist’s Heroes Of Birth exhibit currently on view at Luhring Augustine Gallery in NYC. Rist, known for making films and videos about gender, sexuality and the body since the ’90s, gives no explanation of the piece — Andy Warhol would be proud of her aloofness! — other than to say it was “an old idea.” What do you think it means? [Flavorwire via Luhring Augustine Gallery]