Workers complete a section of a giant fist sculpture by Liu at a steel foundry in Tangshan, in China’s Hebei Province.
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Emerging from the acrid fumes at a steelworks, artist Liu Bolin inspects the progress of his latest work – a giant iron fist, poised to punch a hole through modern China.Liu is best known globally for his "Invisible Man" photographs, in which he is meticulously made up and his clothes daubed in camouflage paint so that he blends almost seamlessly into everyday backgrounds, from supermarket shelves and magazine racks to bulldozers.Nonetheless Liu is an admirer of the works of Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist who was detained for 81 days in 2011, later had tax evasion charges against him dropped and is currently denied a passport.The city was rebuilt into a thriving hub for steel and other industries, only to be met with a whole new set of challenges – on the day that AFP met Liu, Tangshan's air pollution was the highest in China.
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