Skin Rug Made of more than 500,000 Cigarettes

Chinese artist Xu Bing’s tiger skin rug art work made of more than 500,000 individual cigarettes is pictured in Richmond, Virginia. (Xu Bing / Barcroft USA)

Made from half a million cigarettes and weighing 440 pounds, this mock tiger skin rug is the creation of artist Xu Bing. Currently on exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the tobacco artwork is meant to highlight global trade, packaging and how people are seduced into deadly smoking habits. (Xu Bing / Barcroft USA)

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