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Life-size graphite skeleton will vibrate itself to death

A pencil-lead skeleton heads toward artistic destruction during a unique gallery show featuring a vibrating table.

This skeleton is not long for this world.

Agelio Batle/Jack Fischer Gallery

Art is a lot of things. Sometimes, art is a life-size skeleton made out of graphite that lays down on a special vibrating table, creating pencil drawings and slowly disappearing as its particles rub away.

San Francisco artist Agelio Batle is known for casting objects from pencil lead (graphite).

Batle, brought to our attention by This is Colossal, previously cast a feather, a hand, a stalk of asparagus, a shell and a variety of plant forms. The full-size skeleton represents an ambitious evolution due to the scale of the piece and the unusual way it will be displayed at San Francisco's Jack Fischer Gallery starting on November 5.

The show is titled "Murmur / Tremble" and will feature drawings by Batle's "Ash Dancer." The highly detailed skeleton (you can even see the seams on the skull) lays down on a stretch of paper as a vibrating table shakes it, causing it to leave the substance of its body behind.

Over time, the skeleton will eventually wear down and disappear, but only after creating some unusual imagery. It's the ultimate sacrifice for art.