Sven Sachsalber, the Italian artist living in New York City, is known for his playful and unique conceptual art pieces. His latest exhibit, which took place at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, was a jumbo version of a previous work of his: find a needle in a haystack.
The president of the museum hid a single silver needle in an enormous stack of hay, much taller than Sachsalber himself. He gave himself 24 hours to find the needle by hand, and the entire event was broadcasted on French TV. Sachsalber’s method was simple; take a handful of hay, not too large, fold it a couple of times, and bend it. If the non-pliable needle was in that handful, he would feel it.
After about 18 hours, Sachsalber managed to find the needle with a few hours to spare, much to everyone’s amazement. He emerged from his position beside the haystack, whooping as he brandished the needle.
Sachsalber’s art pieces are fascinating, like sitting in a tree and sawing it apart while still in it or filming himself eating poisonous mushrooms in the woods. The recent exhibit is an impressive demonstration of his perseverance and creative talent.