Actor Shia LaBeouf is no stranger to the art world. His performance art pieces have made headline news for their quirky individualism and shock factor, but his latest project has come under fire, literally.
The art project consists of a white flag with the words “He Will Not Divide Us” (referring to Donald Trump) filmed round-the-clock by a camera. The flag has appeared in New York, New Mexico and Liverpool before stopping in the French city of Nantes where it was attacked. A drone attempted to fly onto the flag and set it on fire, only to fail.
This isn’t Shia’s first go at performance art. His project #ELEVATE saw him endure a 24-hour elevator ride in Oxford, England. In the name of art, Shia has asked people to call him up so that he could ask them to ‘touch his soul’ while viewers waited for their answers via livestream. One of his most famous projects saw the actor have his reactions filmed while he watched all of his feature length movies back-to-back at New York’s Angelika Film Center over three days.
The flag is now installed above an art gallery in an old biscuit factory in France and is a joint creation between Shia, Finnish artist Nastja Sade Ronkko and British artist Luke Turner.